Tummy Tuck - What might have caused these spasms?

Had my TT earlier this week and wanted to ask a question that is mostly curiosity based. The night of my surgery while hospitalized, I noticed sensations of my belly twitching in certain spots. Didn't hurt. But just curious as to what process may have caused that. I hadn't had any more since then... They almost felt like a very small fetus fluttering or kicking small parts of my belly.

Doctor Answers 6

What caused the spasms after TT

Thank you for your question. Most likely from plication of muscles and common can cause spasms and pain. Muscle relaxants sometime will help if it continue to bother you.

Austin Plastic Surgeon
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What caused the spasms?

Most likely the plication (tightening) of the tummy muscles resulted in the spasms or a rebound effect from a medication used to relax the muscles during tightening.  If the spasms return, they can be treated with a muscle relaxant but it sounds as though you are no longer having problems.  Best of luck with your continued recovery!

Jeffrey A. Sweat, MD
Sacramento Plastic Surgeon
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Not unusual that his happened.  The muscle repair can cause this temporary spasm.  The other potential explanation could be the wearing off of the muscle relaxant that might have been used during your surgery.  Sometimes I use a muscle spasm reducing medication during the surgery while the muscle is being repaired. Anyhow, it does not last and should not be an issue for you.  It goes away.
Good luck and I hope you are enjoying your tummy tuck results.
Dr Vasisht
South Shore Plastic Surgery

Bhupesh Vasisht, MD
Voorhees Plastic Surgeon
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Thank you for your question. When a tummy tuck is performed, the plastic surgeon will repair the rectus diastasis. This means he/she will bring the rectus muscles back to the midline with sutures. These sutures can cause the muscle to spasm because of the tension and placement of the sutures through the fascia. These spasms are usually self-limited and improve with time. I like to prescribe an anti-spasm medication to help with this in the early post op period.

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Tummy Tuck - What might have caused these spasms?

The muscle tightening likely caused your muscles to spasm. Muscle relaxants may be helpful if it continues to be bothersome. 


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Tummy Tuck - What might have caused these spasms?

It is likely that you experienced transient spasms as a result of the muscle repair for your rectus diastasis.  Sometimes, muscle relaxant medication can be helpful if this becomes bothersome.  Be sure to follow up with your surgeon and update him/her with your concerns.  Good luck.

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