I had a tummy tuck with muscle repair 10 days ago. No lipo. Quilting sutures and drains for 48 hours. I had swelled quite considerably within 24 hours. It is uncomfortable and feel like when I was heavily pregnant! My left side is worse than my right. My PS saw me a couple of days ago and said there was no seroma. Do I just have to be patient? Can I do anything to help reduce the swelling?
Am I really going to be this swollen for weeks? How can I help myself? (photo)
Doctor Answers 1
See your surgeon again. I think you may have a hematoma.
I'd suggest seeing your surgeon again, sooner rather than later. Aspiration or drainage may be appropriate. If you are not satisfied with your surgeon's follow-up, consultation with another ABPS-certified plastic surgeon may be in order, but if you chose an ABPS-certified plastic surgeon in the first place, you should be returning to your surgeon for additional evaluation and treatment. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen