White Pockets and Drainage After Tummy Tuck

I had a tummy tuck three weeks ago and I have white pockets in my belly button and some drainage (not foul smelling). Is this normal? What is the white stuff? I also started having some discharge (not foul smelling) from my incision and a small hole has opened up. It looks like I have some bruising starting under the incision. Is this the start of necrosis? I am a non smoker.

Doctor Answers 1

Drainage after Tummy Tuck

Any drainage 3 weeks after a tummy tuck should be investigated.  Make sure you notify your PS about this situation.  The drainage could be any of the following:

  • Seroma
  • infection
  • Hematoma
  • Fat necrosis

The treatment for the each is different, and even though not an emergency, you should be seen and evaluated urgently.

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