I had my tummy tuck done march 10th and i have numness burning and itching all in the same place around the belly button erea.some swelling at night it swells more.Is this normal?
I Am Feeling Burning and Itching After TT on the Inside Were It is Numb, is This Normal?
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I am feeling burning and itching after TT on the inside where it is numb - is this normal?
The usual signs of the nerves regenerating and neuropraxia resolving is itching, followed by a burning sensation and then occasional sharp, shock-like pains. These will be normal to experience, and actually a promising sign. Usually, normal sensation returns, but is is also possible to have decreased sensation or even increased sensation to the areas affected. Re-educating nerves postoperatively is often helpful and will allow proper instruction for the affected sensory nerves - methods include using different textures to the affected areas when showering, bathing, applying lotion, etc. If bothersome, there are some medications that may be helpful, including Neurontin for pain for hypersensitivity. You can try various textures such as washcloths, loofahs, cotton sheets, etc. Massaging the areas is also beneficial for the incision to make the finest scar possible. The last place to regain the sensation will be directly adjacent to the incision/scar as the nerves will make its way from the periphery to this location. If continual pain arises, evaluation is warranted. After ruling out other causes, one rare explanation may be that a neuroma has developed and may require surgical excision. This is very unlikely unless a large sensory nerve has been transected inadvertently during the procedure. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!
Numbness and Swelling post tummy tuck
Pablo Prichard, MD
Itching and numbness after tummy tuck
Your feeling of itching on the inside is pretty common after tummy tuck and is likely caused by the sensory nerves regenerating. This should improve over time. The residual swelling is also pretty common. Make sure you follow your doctor's instructions. Benadryl, Clairtin or Zyrtec - all over the counter antihistamines- may help with the itching. Ask you doctor is he/she recommends an antihistamine.
Lisa Lynn Sowder, M.D.
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