Too Much Surgery? Feeling Weak, Tire Easily, and Very Little Appetite After Multiple Procedures?

I'm 4 weeks post-op: mini tt & lipo inner & outer thighs, midriff, waist, above & under but. I'm happy with the tt so far (little pain, low & tidy incision). The lipo is another matter. I was a size 2-3 prior to surgery (110lbs, 5'1" tall). My PS removed 3 litres of fat! When I got home (same day) I fainted. Then again on the following day & the next day. Now I feel weak, tire easily & I have very little appetite. Was this too much surgery all at once on a small person? Thanks!

Doctor Answers 3

Feeling Weak, Tire Easily, and Very Little Appetite After Multiple Procedures?

Best to be seen by your surgeon. Issues such as dehydration and anemia are likely to explain your symptoms. Physical examination and laboratory evaluation may be necessary for diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

 Best wishes.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Tired and Weak After Tummy Tuck & Liposuction

Extensive surgery can produce a prolonged recovery.  Fainting after surgery can be caused by fluid loss or by medications received at surgery or during the postoperative period.  Narcotic medication can cause appetite loss, lethargy, personality changes, constipation, and fainting.  Menstruating women can have low blood counts that are made even lower by surgery which can cause fainting.  Drink plenty of fluids, eat a high protein diet, discontinue any narcotic medications, take an iron-containing multivitamin, and move around as much as possible.  Above all, see your operating surgeon for an evaluation.

Philip E. Fleming, MD
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Too Much Surgery?

Check in with your surgeon for evaluation. Sometimes there is more blood loss than expected, and that can easily be checked with a simple blood test, and that could explain your symptoms. All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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