I'm 46 years old.
I Had a Tummy Tuck with Muscle Repair 4 Years Ago and Still Feel Numbness & Welling Especially when I Lift Light Things?
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I had a tummy tuck with muscle repair 4 years ago and still feel numbness & welling especially when I lift light tings?
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!
Numbness and Swelling post tummy tuck
Pablo Prichard, MD
There may be some areas of permanent numbness after in abdominoplasty.
Small areas of perpetual numbness or possible after abdominoplasty. Usually these are above the incision below the navel near the midline. When exercising you may occasionally be reminded of the fact that you that surgery.
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The majority of patients experience altered sensation in the lower abdominal region post abdominoplasty and particularly around the umbilicus. This improves slightly over several months however is rarely completely normal, even years after the surgery. It is due to tthe fact that nerves are actually excised in the tissue that is removed and they are also stretched and injured during the repair. Once nerves are injured the damage is usually permanent and the sensation remains altered. I believe what you are experiencing is not unusal and completely normal.