I Am Postoperative Abdominoplasty 7 Days the Day I Had Surgery I Vomited and Had a Few Coughs and Felt Sharp Pains in my Abdomen

To the right of my umbilical is more swollen the the left. Do u think I tore my sutures by coughing?

Doctor Answers 3

Post Tummy Tuck

What you describe  is very normal and a common occurrence.  This is ,in general nothing to worry about and will heal just fine.  If you cough, put a pillow over your tummy.

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Postoperative Abdominoplasty

It is not possible to tell without an in person exam, and even that may not be definitive. Be assured, though, that you are not missing any "golden time" for a repair. You will not be harmed by not knowing if sutures are torn or not for a while. 

Next visit with your surgeon, discuss this.

Thanks, best wishes for an uneventful recovery. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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It’s hard to say without examining you. It’s not likely that a cough could pop a suture. You should talk to your PS and have him feel to see if anything has changed.


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