Normal Healing or Infection For a Tummy Tuck Incision To Smell And Ooze?

I am 4 wks postop from a hyst and full tummy tuck. The last few days I noticed a bad smell and found that it was coming from the middle of my large incision. It is still covered with tape but I noticed there was a small part of tape that had come up so I looked under it. there were a few patches of white and it was a bit oozy, and smells bad. I called the Dr office and they didn't seem concerned, told me to get home, take the bandage off, clean w alcohol and put vit e oil on it.

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Smelly drainage after tummy tuck

A malodorous incision can reflect an infection. You should see your plastic surgeon who may culture the drainage and place you on antibiotics. You should see your plastic surgeon this week.

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It is common to have wound healing complications in the middle of your tummy tuck inscision 4 weeks after surgery. It is concerning that there is an odor coming from the site which could mean the beginning of a possible infection. I would definately make an appointment to have your plastic surgeon to assess the area.

Leo Lapuerta, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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