There is also a strain in the upper abdominals with slight pain and it is increased with using bathroom and lifting. I do not think this is a hernia. What else could cause this?
Why Do my Upper Abs Protrude After Having a Tummy Tuck a Year Ago?
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Upper Abdominal Fullness 1 Year After Tummy Tuck
It sounds like you may have a hernia. One year after surgery some patients still have some discomfort from their muscle tightening, but should not have a protruding abdomen. It's also possible that your surgeon either didn't tighten your muscles at all or possible only tightened the lower abdomen. This would also possible cause greater fullness of the upper abdomen. Talk to your surgeon
Upper abdominal looseness after a tummy tuck
There is some more information needed to properly assess your condition, especially without being able to examine you. If your upper abdominal fullness was apparent almost from the start, your upper abdominal muscles most likely were not tightened adequately. If on another hand this is a more recent phenomena, you could have either recurrent diastasis, or even a ventral hernia.
I'd advise starting with seeing your original surgeon, of course if his explanation dozen't make sense do not hesitate getting another opinion.
A ggod looking belly still requires proper muscle exercise after a tummy tuck
In my opinion and experience, one of the most common causes responsible for persistent fullness of the abdomen after tummy tuck is improper use of muscles despite surgical reapproximation. This explains the worsening with bowel movements (straining with valsalva maneuver). Consder undertaking supervised Pilates exerecise instruction.