I sneezed suddenly and felt and heard a single pop. Immediately I freaked out. My ps said there was no bruising and it was probably ok. However I'm noticing a buldge now. Could it have built fluid? Or could I have messed up my results that I've worked so hard for? Could one single stich make a difference? If so do I need to go through the entire cut again to fix it?
Pop in my Upper Abdomen After I Sneezed 4 Weeks Post Op.
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Get tested if you think you popped a tummy tuck stitch.
Nearly any problem is reparable.
However, you must first determine if you have a problem that needs correction. This may be an easy diagnosis or one that requires time to become more apparent and may involve use of diagnostic imaging (MRI or Ultrasound).
Discuss your concerns with your surgeon, so that they may conduct an proper examination and order any tests if necessary and/or perform any required procedures.
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Pop after Sneeze post tummy tuck
It is uncommon for the sutures to pop at 4 weeks postop, but possible. Most likely this pop was either scar tissue or a suture pop. I would recommend monitoring the area for 4-6 months to allow swelling to subside and then determine whether a repair would be indicated.
It is impossible to prevent sneezing and coughing post tummy tuck, but it is very important to wear an abdominal binder that is snug for at least 6 weeks or until your surgeon feels it is safe to remove. In addition, refrain from heavy lifting of any type to minimize your chance of damaging the muscle repair. Most surgeons place several sutures, such that if one pops, the result is not affected.
I wish you a safe and healthy recovery.
Paul S. Gill, M.D.
Gill Plastic Surgery
Houston Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
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