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6mo Post Op - Hernia and 7 Inch Diastasis Repair, Swelling and Discomfort- Is This Considered Normal? (photo)

I'm 6 mo post-op on incarcerated hernia in umbilical and 7"+ diastasis. Plastic surgeon worked w/ gen.surgeon. A huge mesh was used and I was closed w/ staples because of infection risk. I still have lots of discomfort & swelling, no decrease in 2 months. PS says normal, but I have seen 1000 pre/post pics online and never seen anyone look so bad. I am not flat at all & swelling gets worse all day. W/out support garment I get pain in middle and at mid-scar, and in my back. I do cardio & yoga.

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6mo Post Op - Hernia and 7 Inch Diastasis Repair, Swelling and Discomfort- Is This Considered Normal?

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Based upon the description and posted photos appears as fluid retention. A scan could rule this out. Also appears as a very conservative excision. 


Miami Plastic Surgeon
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6mo Post Op - Hernia and 7 Inch Diastasis Repair, Swelling and Discomfort- Is This Considered Normal?

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             If only a panniculectomy was performed, this can be converted to a true tummy tuck as a cosmetic procedure.   This will remove a great deal more skin and fat and give a flatter appearance.  Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of tummy tucks and tummy tuck revisions each year.  Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 180 reviews

Probably will require a revision.

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I don't think you can expect a flat abdomen without some revisional surgery. This might not be in your medical best interest so it should be discussed with your plastic surgeon.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

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