Tummy tuck with muscle repair in India 7 weeks post op swelling and hardness throughout abdomen? (Photos)

I had tummy tuck with muscle repair (diastasis recti) 7 weeks before in India. I am lean.Had a corrugated drain placed and removed 1 week post surgery since had quilted sutures. Had hematoma within first 2 weeks. Had 3/4 times removal of hematoma. 3.5 weeks regular drain placed & removed at 4.5 weeks. No further Seroma/hematoma. 5 weeks post op came here. Hardness in some places and sometimes in all abdomen. Swelling worsens thru the day. Not able to walk straight. should I be concerned?

Doctor Answers 4

Concern after tummy tuck

Sorry to hear about your problems after tummy tuck.  Without in-person examination, it is difficult to assess your concerns in any meaningful way.  The hardness may be due to scar tissue; swelling can be expected at this stage of recovery.  However, you should be able to walk straight by this time.  Please consult a plastic surgeon who can evaluate your concern.Best regards.

Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Good morning!I am sorry to hear of your misfortune.  I agree your abdominal contour as well as your incision does not look appropriate for a 7 week postoperative abdominoplasty.  This is a prime reason why having surgery close to where you live is of critical importance- you will likely end up spending significantly more to repair these issues than any you may have saved by going to a foreign country for surgery.I would start calling board certified plastic surgeons in your area to ask if they will see and treat you- many will not want to get involved in postoperative complications of another surgeon.Best of luck and let us know how you progress.

Robert Steely, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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TT concerns

Thank you for your question. Look like some healing issues. Hard to know from pictures. Please see a physician locally for evaluation.

Ven Erella, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Dr Derby

Thank you for your question and the photos. It is very important to visit a doctor close to where you live because it is not normal that you cannot walk up straight after 7 weeks. Best of luck 

Derby Sang Caputo, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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