4 1/2 Weeks PO and Think I'm Coming Down with Stomach Bug. Will Throwing Up Ruin my TT at This Point?

I'm 4 1/2 weeks Post-op and 2 of my kids have a stomach virus (throwing up). I'm starting to feel sick myself and I'm so worried that throwing up will damage my TT results. At this point I still haven't sneezed or coughed or even belly-laughed so the thought of throwing up really has me stressed out. Any advice?

Doctor Answers 6

Throwing up 4 and a half weeks after tummy tuck

Throwing up 4 and a half weeks after tummy tuck is unlikely to ruin your results but it is likely to cause you a lot of pain.  I would call my doctor and ask for some anti-nausea meds.  Good luck.

Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Vomiting at 4.5 Weeks after Tummy Tuck

  For people who may vomit or cough or sneeze after tummy tuck, the binder is very useful in stabilizing the abdominal wall and reducing pain.  At 4 weeks, scar is fairly strong so it is unlikely to cause damage.

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Stomach virus after tummy tuck

Sorry to hear that you have a virus. You have already undergone preliminary healing and your result should not be impaired. However, as others have written, take the precaution of using a pillow or bolster to support your abdomen when coughing or regurgitating to protect the wound. Best of luck!

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Illness following an abdominoplasty

It is unfortunate that you are ill following your abdominoplasty but it is unlikely that you will alter or harm your final result.  Try symptomatic care use pillows to support your stomach when you cough and wear your binder.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Vomiting 4 1/2 weeks after tummy tuck

Sorry to hear about your illness.  The good thing is that this didn't happen right after your surgery.  Your body and scars have gained some strength in the 4 1/2 weeks since surgery.  The best thing to do is to support the abdominal area when coughing or vomiting.  Use a pillow or your abdominal binder if you have one to help support that area.  See your regular doctor soon as well, as he or she may be able to prescribe you some medications to help relieve nausea or any of your other symptoms.  Good luck!

Naveen Setty, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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4 1/2 Weeks PO

Your incisions have already gained a good deal of the strength that they will attain by 4.5 weeks, so this is much better than having this problem the first week.  If you do have a problem with vomiting, try to splint your abdomen with a pillow. And check with your primary physician about whether it is safe for you to use anti-nausea medications like Zofran, among the many options.

Be well, best wishes. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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