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Could a busted stitch be felt internally?

I recently had a tummy tuck (6 Nov) and yesterday morning when I stretched, I literally felt something 'pop' internally just to the left of my navel. I now have a piercing pain (like a wire is poking me), in the exact same area, with any movement I make. What could this be and is it serious?

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Pain Resulting From Tummy Tuck Stitch

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Thank you for your question. A personal exam and consultation is always best.

That said you need to be examined by your plastic surgeon as soon as possible. Only a physical examination can determine the cause of your pain.

Be sure to consult a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, experienced in your procedure, and who has an excellent reputation in your community.


Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Piercing pain 1 month after a tummy tuck.

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Greetings,

A sense of popping and pain on or near the abdominal wall (muscle) suture line could be a torn or failed suture in the tissue. If there is no deformity and the pain resolves, this is a problem that could be followed and observed. I strongly recommend that you return to your plastic surgeon now for an examination and his (her) diagnosis and treatment.

Best Regards,

Douglas J. Raskin, MD, DMD
Colorado Springs Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

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