Coughing Pain 5 Days Post TT?

I am post tt day 5 and all seems to be going good. When does it stop hurting like holy hell to cough?

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Coughing Pain 5 Days Post TT?

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Early out of tummy tuck surgery, the concern with your description would be, the potential for disruption of sutures that are holding the abdominal wall muscles together in the midline.  
In general, it would take a significant amount of pressure to “tear" the muscle repair after tummy tuck surgery. This event would likely be associated with significant discomfort. A change in your physical examination, such as increased swelling, bleeding, a new onset "bulge" would also be likely.
Generally speaking, abdominal wall muscle plication performed during tummy tuck surgery is quite secure; disruption is very unusual. You will be best off following up with your plastic surgeon who will be your best resource when it comes to accurate assessment, advice, and/or meaningful reassurance.
Best wishes.

Coughing and sneezing cause pain after Tummy Tuck

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Dear Tlniki,


It is normal to feel pain when coughing and sneezing at 5 days post surgery. Your abdominal muscles are under tension already and the entire abdominal tissue is still recovering.


Any movement that increases your intra-abdmoninal pressure will exert pressure over the newly-operated area inducing the pain you have been feeling.


With time and healing progression, pain will subside in general and especially when you cough and sneeze.

Applying a "soft" pillow over your abdomen helps a lot in your situation.


Thank you for your inquiry.

Best of wishes to you.

Dr. Sajjadian

Ali Sajjadian, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Coughing and Tummy Tuck

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The coughing is increasing the intra-abdominal pressure.  The abdominal wall has been repaired and the coughing is pushing out on the repair causing pain. Try holding a pillow over the area when you cough.

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 81 reviews

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