Uncomfortable and Altered Breast 1 Month Post TT

Hello, I had a tummy tuck on 7/29 with muscle repair and since my breathing has become altered uncomfortable. I'm concerned any input is much appreciated thank you.

Doctor Answers 3

Difficulty breathing after a tummy tuck ?


Experiencing difficulty in breathing can be a normal phenomena following a tummy tuck with abdominal wall plication, secondary to changes in the intra-abdominal space which has secondary effects on the breathing mechanisms.  However and while rare,  as my associates eluded to,  difficulty breathing may also represent a sinister condition such as a pulmonary emobolus or other conditions which warrant medical intervention. 

My advice to you is to seek immediate medical attention, either from your surgeon or any physician for that matter.

Best of luck,

Glenn Vallecillos, M.D., F.A.C.S. 

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Breathing difficulties after Tummy Tuck

Breathing issues may be associated with tightening of the abdominal wall muscles which reduces intrabdominal space and pushes on the diaphragm .  But you do need to rule out the more serious possibilities such as pulmonary emboli or pneumonia.  Notify your surgeon immediately.  Tests would be necessary to rule out the possibility of deep venous thrombosis and/or pulmonary emboli.  

Albert Dabbah, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck recovery

“Altered, uncomfortable” breathing approximately one month after tummy tuck surgery may be part of the healing process or symptoms of a serious problem (such as pneumonia or pulmonary embolism). These types of symptoms are best addressed with your surgeon and/or primary care physicians, not through online consultation. Sometimes it is necessary to rule out the worse possible scenario–this needs to be done as soon as possible. Best wishes

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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