I had the "mommy make over" one year ago. During surgery my Dr. punctured both of my lungs leaving me hospitalized for 5 days and with chest tubes. It is now a year later, and I obviously have no contact with my surgeon after that. One year later I now am having severe abdominal pain near my belly button, every day! Could this be from scar tissue damage? Should I go see a different surgeon? I am a runner and this is affecting my training.
Could This Pain Be Scar Tissue Damage from my Tummy Tuck?
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Pain after an abdominoplasty
I am certainly sorry that you had such a rocky surgical course. Sharp pain is not uncommon after an abdominoplasty. There are many sensory nerves in the area and they get bruised and caught up in post operative swelling. Sometime you move one direction and just put a little pull on the nerve and it can cause this type of pain. If It becomes persistent then you need to be examined.
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Scar Tissue Damage
I’m so very sorry for all of the trauma you’ve experienced. It’s very difficult to tell without seeing you and examining you and I strongly urge you to seek the opinion of a board certified plastic surgeon.
Jonathan Ross Berman, M.D. , F.A.C.S.
Pain in Abdomen Post Tummy Tuck
The short answer would certainly be yes the pain you're having could be due to scar tissue from your abdominalplasty. I agree with the other responders. You need to see both a board-certified plastic surgeon, experienced in abdominalplasties, as well as a board-certified general surgeon who will have a broader picture of what the cause of your pain could be if it wasn't due to the abdominalplasty.
The differential diagnosis of a peri-umbillical pain can run the gamut, from post-op complication from the tummy tuck to ovarian tumors, gastro-intestinal problems, and this could also be referred pain from the liver. I'm sorry you're going through this, and I'm sorry for your very significant pulmonary complication. Please be sure to choose your consultants wisely, based on recommendations from the state medical society, local hospitals, and comments by friends.
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Abdominal pain after tummy tuck.
What you describe can be from multiple causes. Find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area. It also would be good to find a Board Certified General Surgeon as well. Sometimes Plastic Surgeons and General Surgeons work together on complex cases. Ask the Surgeons' offices if they have referrals to give you. It would also be helpful to get your chart from the previous surgeon. The operative note should the next surgeon know what transpired in the operating room.
Pain after a tummy tuck
I am very sorry about your severe complication.
I suggest that you see two specialists to start with and don't delay --
- Board Certified plastic surgeon
- a Board Certified general surgeon
You are likely to need some tests as well to find the cause of the pain.
Best wishes for a quick diagnosis and speedy treatment.
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