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So Day 13 Tummy Tuck, Hernia Repair and Lipo on Flanks and Back. Normal to Be Swollen I Feel Sausage?

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Normal to Be Swollen?

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Some amount of swelling will always be present after the surgery you have had. Without a photo it isn't possible to offer much advice as to whether the amounts are normal or not. A call to your surgeon will be best source of reassurance. All the best. 


Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after Tummy Tuck?

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Thank you for the question.
As always, it is best to be seen in person ( by your plastic surgeon) for precise diagnosis and treatment.
Abdominal wall "swelling" after tummy tuck may be related to:
1. Swelling in the soft tissues.  This may take several months to resolve and may worsen with increased activity  or at the end of the day.   Patience  is required to allow for resolution of the swelling. The swelling occurs because of the interruption of venous and lymphatic channels that occurs during the tummy tuck operation.
2. Fluid accumulation in the space between the skin and the abdominal wall muscle.  this may consist of blood ( hematoma)  or serum (seroma).  This fluid accumulation can generally be diagnosed by physical examination ( occasionally ultrasound  may be helpful).  Treatment consists of aspiration;  several episodes of aspiration may be necessary. 
3. Separation of the abdominal wall muscle repair may lead to a swelling/bulge appearance. This may be diagnosed on physical examination  with your surgeon examining you in different bodily positions. One of the steps of a tummy tuck procedure involves reapproximation (plication)  of the rectus muscles.  These muscles have spread apart during pregnancy and/or weight gain. Bringing them together again in the midline helps to “tighten” the abdominal wall as well as to narrow the waistline.
4. Residual adipose tissue may be confused for swelling. Again this is most easily diagnosed by physical examination. Additional liposuction surgery maybe necessary to improve the results of surgery.
Generally, it takes many months for swelling to resolve after tummy tuck surgery and it may take up to one year  (or greater)  a complete skin redraping  to occur.
I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling post Tummy Tuck

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Hi and thanks for your question.

You have had quite a lot of surgery and it is not uncommon to be swollen for a period of time after the surgery.  You will settle down in time and will take a bout 3 months before most of the swelling around you tummy settles. 

Stephen Salerno

 

 

Stephen Salerno, MBBS, FRACS
Melbourne Plastic Surgeon
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