Based upon the photographs, it certainly looks like the muscle repair is completely intact. I might add I think you had a very good outcome as a result of the surgery. I think if there was truly a muscle tear, you would see a bulge in the abdominal tissue. I do think muscle spasm can cause pain or perhaps some scar tissue was torn while exercising which caused a localized inflammatory response. Good old-fashioned rest and anti-inflammatory drugs will probably be a benefit
Did I damage my abdominal muscle repair with recent exercising?
Thanks for the question. Your muscle repair should be very well healed by now, and I would not think that you need to be concerned about this at this time. You may be sore, but that should be all. By the way, you appear to have a very nice result in looking at your pre and postoperative results. Congratulations! If you have any concerns, always contact your Plastic Surgeon.
Frank Rieger M.D. Tampa Plastic Surgeon
How to tell if muscle repair is damaged?
Thank you for sharing your question and photographs. After 8 months your muscle repair is fully healed and your soreness is likely the result of having over exerted your muscles like after a workout in the gym. It is impossible to tell through pictures if anything has become damaged, however, so if you have felt or seen any changes in your appearance, seek out your surgeon for an in-person exam.
At this point in the healing process, the body is almost completely healed and there is little risk of damaging your muscle repair by exercise. There are two possible explanations for the pain you are experiencing. The first and most likely is that your muscles are sore following your workout and you can take ibuprofen to help manage the soreness from your workout. Depending on how your muscles healed, the soreness can feel slightly different than traditional soreness from exercise. Another explanation is that this is a nerve pain. Nerves take a long time to heal and this can sometimes cause the pain that you are experiencing as they fully heal. Give it some time and this should resolve itself. If the pain does not go away in a few weeks or gets worse please contact your plastic surgeon to determine their recommendations.
After eight months, it's unlikely you did any significant damage to your abdominal wall repair. However, it is certainly possible to have unusual aches and pains due to the scar tissue created by surgery. Usually these improve with rest and time.