8 weeks ago I had a tummy tuck, I had the stomach flu and was throwing up for 24 hours. Now I am afraid I hurt something. I am feeling very sore and burning. How do I know if I hurt something or could that be possible?
Could Vomiting After Tummy Tuck Cause Injury?
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Did vomiting ruin tummy tuck muscle repair?
The tummy tuck muscle repair is generally set after 8 weeks and it is unlikely that you disrupted the sutures. However, it is possible and you may want to set up an appointment with your surgeon to evaluate your abdomen for possible breakdown of the repair.
Vomiting and tummy tuck
At 8 weeks you should be OK. Vomiting certainly in the early post-op period could cause tears in the diastasis repair. Pain at 8 weeks is probably normal but I would follow up with your doctor.
Vomiting can affect a tummy tuck result
Tummy tucks are a very popular and effective technique to contour the abdomen. Patients who undergo this procedure should understand that there is a significant recovery process. Immediately after the tummy tuck, care must be taken to not put undue stress or tension onto the abdominal wall, especially if a muscle repair has been performed. We ask our patients not to lift more than 5 pounds for the first month at half and we provide two separate garments to every patient to help them manage the swelling and provide additional support for their comfort.
Vomiting can cause undue pressure on to the muscle layer of the abdomen and can cause the rupture of several sutures.Discuss your concerns with your surgeon. Depending on the technique he used there may be several layers of suture to ensure a stable result. However, if you have a significant and noticeable bulge, you may benefit from a small revision surgery to retighten your muscles once you're done healing.
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Possible for vomiting after Tummy Tuck to cause injury, but probably not
Vomiting involves muscular movement of just about the entire abdominal wall, an area in which sutures are placed during tummy tuck surgery. it is possible you could disrupt the muscular repair by vomiting shortly after a tummy tuck operation.
With this being said, I have not seen this happen before even when patients had problems with vomiting shortly after the surgery. Have your doctor follow you along of course.
I'm sorry you were so sick. The risk that you injured yourself or compromised your tummy tuck result really depends on how far removed from the operation you were when the vomiting started.
The earlier in the recovery period, the higher the risk that your muscle repair had not become strong enough to support strong retching and that this caused your repair to fail.
After 6 weeks, however, the repair should be quite strong and the risk low, in which case the discomfort is probably related to stretching of the underlying scar tissue during the vomiting.
It should be fairly obvious whether or not your repair is intact, though... if you have disrupted the sutures, I would expect to see a round shape where you had previously been fairly flat.
In any case, the best person to advise you would be your surgeon, who has the benefit of knowing the details of your surgery, and can, after an examination, determine if you have experienced a change in contour.