How to Stop Pain in Abdomen After Tummy Tuck?

Over five years after surgery I still cannot touch my wife's belly without causing her great discomfort.

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Pain After Tummy Tuck

Although most people recover more quickly, we do see few patients with prolonged pain after Tummy Tuck: the most common cause is nerve irritation by scar.

Have your wife evaluated by the surgeon who performed the tummy tuck; there may be something he/she can do to improve her symptoms.

Denver Plastic Surgeon
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2050 E County Line Rd
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

Tummy tuck and persistent post operative pain

On rare occasion, I have seen patients who have gained weight after a successful muscle repair and subsequently report pain due to a compartment like syndrome. A neuroma is another less likely cause. Have you discussed this with your surgeon.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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880 W Central Rd
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Pain after a tuck?

It is normal after an abdominoplasty to have discomfort for about two weeks and then progressively one returns to full activities over 6 weeks.  Pain after 5 years needs to be looked into because there must be a neuroma of some sort.  If it was a simple tummy tuck (and not a hernia surgery or a donor site for a breast reconstruction surgery) this sort of thing really isn't seen often.  She should consult her board certified plastic surgeon to see if they can inject the area or maybe even reexplore it if there is a pinpoint trigger.  Best wishes,

Ricardo A. Meade, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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9101 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75231

Pain after Tummy Tuck

Pain following a tummy tuck is typically the worst in the first week or two, and then resolves over time. Having the type of pain you describe five years out from surgery is not common, but can be related to scar tissue around a nerve, or a neuroma (overgrowth of a cut end of a nerve). Typically with scarring around a nerve or a neuroma, one can pinpoint exactly where the pain is along the abdomen. In that case surgical exploration and release of the nerve or excision of neuroma can possibly relieve the symptoms. Abdominal pain can also be due to an intra-abdominal source, and completely unrelated to the surgery.  I would definitely recommend that your wife visit the plastic surgeon who performed her surgery in order to evaluate the source of her pain. He or she will have a good sense of whether or not the pain is related to her tummy tuck. If it is unrelated, he or she can refer her to the appropriate doctor. Good luck!

Anita Patel, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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8907 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Pain 5 years after tummy tuck

It is not common to have pain this far after a tummy tuck procedure.  As such, I would see the original plastic surgeon who performed the surgery and ask for his/her opinion.  One possibility is nerve entrapment which may be causing this. 

There are also a number of other issues which could be potentially causing pain and so it is important that this be looked at.

I hope that helps!

Gregory A. Buford, MD, FACS
Denver Plastic Surgeon
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125 Inverness Drive East
Englewood, CO 80112

Pain after abdominoplasty.

This pain is very unusual.  Try to localize the area of pain. See if there is a trigger spot.  Have your plastic surgeon review this.  Ask for a pain control doctor's evaluation.   I have never experienced this in  the over 1000 tummy tucks I have done.  

George Commons, MD
Palo Alto Plastic Surgeon
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1515 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Pain five years post tummy tuck

To have pain in the abdomen five years after a tummy tuck is extremely unusual. You should get checked out by a plastic surgeon.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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1049 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10028

How to Stop Pain in Abdomen After Tummy Tuck?

Something does not sound right. Seek in person opinions from boarded surgeons in Palm Beach, like Hilton Becker. Best of luck from MIAMI Dr. Darryl j. Blinski

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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6330 Manor Lane
Miami, FL 33143

Pain after tummy tuck

Hello and thank you for the question.

It is extremely rare to experience pain in abdomen 5 years out from surgery. As my colleague was suggesting, it could be a possible nerve entrapment which would require exploration and release. There is no guarantee this will relieve your wife's pain, however.  Potentially, her pain could be derived from a totally unrelated issue. I recommend you follow-up with your plastic surgeon for a full evaluation.


Glenn Vallecillos, M.D., F.A.C.S. 

Glenn Vallecillos, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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436 N. Bedford Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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