Palpable Lumps Where Tunneling Was Done for TUBA

I am now about a month post-op and I can feel tender lumps where the tunneling was done for my TUBA procedure. My PS told me to massage them in order to make them go down. I have been massaging them and initially it seems to help but the next morning the lumps are back. They are more palpable on my left abdominal wall then on my right. There have been no other problems and absolutely no other pain. The procedure seems to be a success other than these lumps. Is this normal? Should I be worried?

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TUBA Tunneling firmness normal

I have been using the TUBA technique as a method of choice for more than a decade for Saline Breast Augmentation and it is common to occasionally have some firm areas where the tunnels were made to make the pocket and place your implants. I agree with your surgeon that over time the lumps will slowly go away and massage helps Glad you had a good result - Congrats.


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TUBA procedure and problems

The lumps you are feeling is scar tissue along where the instrument was placed to make the pocket for your implants with the TBA procedure. These should resolve with time. Masaging will do little. I suggest leaving them alone or maybe putting paper tape over them. If they still don't go away by then, then I would possibly inject with dilute cortisone. 

Edward J. Domanskis, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Tuba tunnel lumps

It is difficult to say what the lumps are int he tunnels. It may represent fat necrosis or fluid accumulation. I would follow closely with your surgeon and more than likely they will resolve over time.

Steven Wallach, MD
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Lumps after TUBA.

It is difficult to say with certainty what these lumps are that you are feeling. They can be small hematomas (collections of blood), fat necrosis (firm areas of dead fat), or small fluid collections. In most cases, simple massage and time will well all of these conditions. I recommend staying in contact with your surgeon and following his instructions.

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Abdominal lumps after TUBA procedure

I have seen this before and it turned out it was some clotted blood in the tunnel. It may resolve on its own with time. My patient came to me after surgery elsewhere and we were able to completely resolve the issue within a few weeks using endermology (a mechanical deep tissue massage). i suggest you try that.

Aaron Stone, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

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