Removing Permanently Damaged Nerves After Tummy Tuck?

I had a Tummy Tuck 19 months ago, and now have permanent nerve damage. An answer from one of the doctors to another post said that it could have been damage to 3 different nerves, and that perhaps she would need those nerves removed. Could you explain that process to me, and who I would see about having that done? A pain specialist at the Cleveland Clinic did a block to 2 nerves in my back and gave me 5 days of relief, and now wants to do a trial neuro-stimulator.

Doctor Answers (2)

Reduced sensation after Tummy Tuck

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It is not uncommon to have reduced sensation following a tummy tuck especially below the belly button. This is a form of nerve damage which can occur. A great deal depends on how much skin was removed and if any liposuction was performed at the same time. There are also the possible issues with your pre-treatment medical health. If you have received benefit from the nerve blocks, this may be the way to go. I do not have experience with nerve stimulators in this setting but if it works, keep us informed!


San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Many different options for nerve ablation

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The pain specialist has many options available. Usually they proceed in a stepwise fashion but it would be best to discuss this with your particular physician. This includes nerve ablation through chemical, surgical, or minimally invasive (radiofrequency) techniques.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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