I Am Postoperative Abdominoplasty 7 Days the Day I Had Surgery I Vomited and Had a Few Coughs and Felt Sharp Pains in my Abdomen

To the right of my umbilical is more swollen the the left. Do u think I tore my sutures by coughing?

Doctor Answers (3)

Post Tummy Tuck

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What you describe  is very normal and a common occurrence.  This is ,in general nothing to worry about and will heal just fine.  If you cough, put a pillow over your tummy.

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Postoperative Abdominoplasty

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It is not possible to tell without an in person exam, and even that may not be definitive. Be assured, though, that you are not missing any "golden time" for a repair. You will not be harmed by not knowing if sutures are torn or not for a while. 

Next visit with your surgeon, discuss this.

Thanks, best wishes for an uneventful recovery. 


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It’s hard to say without examining you. It’s not likely that a cough could pop a suture. You should talk to your PS and have him feel to see if anything has changed.


Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

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