Why is my incision upside down and stitched to my legs? (Photos)

I added pre-op pics as requested... had a TT and lipo on 6/20/16. I was hospitalized on 6/22/16 for 4 days and had a blood transfusion. I seem to look deformed. I understand it takes 3-6 months to heal or more, but I have a scar stitched down my leg on one side and attached to my leg on the other side. dr had ignored my concerns other than saying he will fix it in 6 months but he has since died. . How can this happen and why would I be stitched to my legs?

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Your photos show that the incision used for your tummy tuck it is not correct one. Maybe your surgeon was not a board certified plastic surgeon, and he did not have the training to perform a tummy tuck with aesthetic results and to obtain a pleasant and nice result. Now you need to wait for the scar and tissues to get soft and get a revision to correct the incisions and the contour of your abdomen.

Upside down incision

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Hello and thank you for your question. You have every right to be concerned. 4 days in hospital is long following a tummy tuck but can happen if you have complications, which you did. Bleeding requiring a transfusion. Obviously this was taken care of. Now however you will need to see a board certified ps with a lot of experience taking care of botched tummy tucks. This is not an emergency. I believe that whoever takes care of you, will have to overt tge tummy tuck into  a circumferential or at minimum an extended tummy tuck. Good luck. Sincerely. Peter Fisher M.D

Peter Fisher, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 58 reviews

my incision upside down and stitched to my legs? (Photos)

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Thank you for your question and photos. I am so sorry for your experience. This is unusual to have that much blew if from a TT procedure requiring a transfusion. However, the good thing is that you had it an you recovered. This is not the normal scar for TT in my practice. I am not sure if you had a discussion with your surgeon for keeping it low. You will need to seek a consult with a board certified plastic surgeon that specializes in this so he or she can help to improve your results. Good luck.

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  • A 4 days hospitalization after a tummy tuck is unusual.
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