Why are my thighs ,calves, ankles, feet and toes so swollen with fluid they feel like they may burst ?

.....two weeks following an extended tummy tuck WITH six drains? Should I be worried? & if so,what about and what should I do from here? I mean,my flipflops almost dont fit! Help!

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Extended tummy tuck - severe lower body swelling

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Thank you for asking about tummy tuck recovery.
  • Please return to see your surgeon to be examined.
  • You may need some blood tests as well.
  • We expect swelling after this operation but the extent of your swelling sounds much more than normal. 
  • The need for six drains is unusual for a tummy tuck - ask your surgeon why so many were needed and when they will be removed.
Always consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.  Best wishes. Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

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