Muscle Twitching or "Thumping" Years After Tummy Tuck. What Is It, What's The Cause?

I had a full tummy tuck with muscle repair two years ago. Although I like most of teh result (dog ears and some lumpiness but nothing can be done at this point) I have twitching, Not like an eye twitch or a muscle spasm. I have asked this question on many forums but don't seem to qet an answer. It does NOT hurt at all, no pain, just thumping. If I didn't know better (believe me, 6 pregnancy tests confirmed negative) i would swear it's just like fetal movements (4 kids on my own)!! What is this?

Doctor Answers (1)

Tummy Tuck and "thumping"


Thank you for the question.

Unless your surgeon left a  thumping midget behind  you are experiencing (exactly as you described)  muscle twitching. When we do plication of the abdominal wall muscles ( during the tummy tuck procedure) there can be a space  left below the muscles as  they are brought together in the midline. I can imagine a muscle twitching/spasming resulting in a sound that may seem like it is emanating from a drum. This may be related to the presence of the space below the abdominal wall muscles and above the peritoneum.

I hope this helps ( please give the midget joke).

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