9 Days Post Op Tummy Tuck with Upset Stomach No Fever for a Few Days?

I have a very low appetite but I've been trying to force myself to eat, everything I've been eating is healthy. My stomach has been upset this is going on day 4, and yesterday I had diarrhea but now don't. I have no fever or anything either. Is this normal?

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Diarrhea, Stomach Upset and Low Appetite 9 Days after Tummy Tuck

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   Without fever or intense abdominal pain at 9 days, it is unlikely to be the result of intrabdominal injury.  The upset stomach may the result of medications, which should always be taken with food.  Diarrhea may be the result of medications as well. 

Post up medications can lead to stomach upset after abdominoplasty.

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The most common cause of post-op nausea is pain medication.  The most common cause diarrhea is the use of antibiotics.  Nevertheless, you should report your symptoms to your surgeon since there are other causes as well.

Concerns after Tummy Tuck?

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Patients who are in the postoperative recovery phase  are best off seeking in person examination by your plastic surgeon; he/she will be able to rule out complications and/or provide you with meaningful  reassurance.
 Best wishes.


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The best person to give you adequate advice would be your PS. You need to call and get an appointment with your PS that would be the best.


Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

Be sure to investigate....

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It’s not unusual for patients to have nonspecific gastrointestinal symptoms in the immediate post-operative period.  In the majority of cases these symptoms spontaneously resolve with the passage of time.  In many cases they’re related to the use of narcotic pain relievers.   In the absence of an elevated temperature its unlikely that your symptoms are related to infections.  Unfortunately, these symptoms should never the less be investigated.  For this reason, you should make sure your surgeon is aware of your current symptoms so they can be properly evaluated.

Upset stomach post op

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Your symptoms could be from several things, one being the medication you are probably taking post operatively.  The best idea is to discuss the situation with your surgeon to better determine the cause.

Mennen T. Gallas, MD
Katy Plastic Surgeon

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