I am suffering with itching down my lower abdomen since my tummy tuck. But my skin is numb and I cant get to the itch. It makes me almost have a panic attack. It is a helpless feeling. Is there anything that can repair nerves? I should have had a mini and not a full tummy tuck. Now I have to suffer the rest of my life. Is this normal?
Is There Anyway to Help Heal the Numbness After a Tummy Tuck? Its Been Almost 5 Years.
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Is there any way to help heal the numbness after a tummy tuck? It's been almost 5 years.
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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Numbness and Swelling post tummy tuck
Pablo Prichard, MD
Some numbness of skin after tummy tuck is normal.
Your symptoms are very unusual because they are so severe and long lasting. Unfortunately, the numbness by this time is permanent. But the itching sensation may be helped with nerve blocks. See a pain management specialist (they are usually anesthesiologists).
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I'm sorry to hear about the problem you are experiencing. Unfortunately, there is no surgical solution. It is also difficult to say whether additional sensation will return, given that you are already 5 years out of the procedure.
Sorry, cannot be of more help. Best wishes.