My tummy tuck was 9 months ago
I'm Still Numb After a Tummy Tuck! Of Late I Have Had Tingling Vibrating Surges on my Left Side. Is This Due to Nerve Damage?
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I'm still numb after tummy tuck! Of late, I have had tingling, bibrating surges on my left side. Is this due to nerve damage?
The usual signs of the nerves regenerating and neuropraxia resolving is itching, followed by a burning sensation and then occasional sharp, shock-like pains. These will be normal to experience, and actually a promising sign. Usually, normal sensation returns, but is is also possible to have decreased sensation or even increased sensation to the areas affected. Re-educating nerves postoperatively is often helpful and will allow proper instruction for the affected sensory nerves - methods include using different textures to the affected areas when showering, bathing, applying lotion, etc. If bothersome, there are some medications that may be helpful, including Neurontin for pain for hypersensitivity. You can try various textures such as washcloths, loofahs, cotton sheets, etc. Massaging the areas is also beneficial for the incision to make the finest scar possible. The last place to regain the sensation will be directly adjacent to the incision/scar as the nerves will make its way from the periphery to this location. If continual pain arises, evaluation is warranted. After ruling out other causes, one rare explanation may be that a neuroma has developed and may require surgical excision. This is very unlikely unless a large sensory nerve has been transected inadvertently during the procedure. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!
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Nerves are by definition released during a tummy tuck
During a standard tummy tuck many small nerves and vessels are released to allow the tummy tuck to be performed. All of the tissue that is removed is disconnected from these nerves and vessels. Numbness and tingling are part of the tummy tuck recovery process.
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Sensory changes after tummy tuck
Tummy tuck damages many skin nerves in the process- not a complication, an unfortunate byproduct (many incisions will lead to numbness) the strange sensations you describe are called paresthesias, and herald return of sensation, which may take up to two years, and may not return completely.
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