I am 8 days post op, and feel as though I have gained A LOT of weight. My lower abdomen is really tight and hard, and I have lower back pain also. My clothes feel really tight across my thighs as well. I obviously haven't been active compared to what I'm used to, but have been eating relatively the same diet. Surely I can't have put on so much weight in a week?!?
Is Bloating After Breast Augmentation Normal?
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Bloating after Breast Augmentation
Thanks for your question. Bloating and weight gain are both very common after breast augmentation. Your body will tend to retain fluid as a result of soft tissue swelling that occurs after any surgical procedure. If you are taking pain medicine it can slow down your intestinal tract and cause bloating. The weight will diminish over time as the swelling subsides. Make sure you drink adequate amounts of water, walk as much as you can, and stop taking narcotic pain medicines as soon as you can tolerate it. If you are not moving your bowels it is important to increase the fiber in your diet or try a laxative. If you develop more back pain or abdominal pain you should consult with your physician. I hope you feel better soon.
Feeling bloated after surgery is common.
Patients are typically given significant amounts of IV fluids during their surgical procedure.In addition, the body responds to trauma or surgery by retaining fluid as a protective mechanism.Under these circumstances, patients can see significant weight gain from fluid retention following breast augmentation.This weight gain typically peaks 5 to 7 days following surgery and, in most cases, resolves spontaneously.
Patients also frequently develop constipation and bloating from narcotic pain relievers.For this reason, patients should maintain hydration, ambulate frequently and switch to nonnarcotic pain relievers as soon as possible.In some cases, laxatives may be necessary as well.
If you’re concerned about post-operative bloating, a discussion with your plastic surgeon is appropriate.Your surgeon should be able to reassure you and make your post-operative experience more comfortable.
Bloating After Breast Augmentation
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