I had a tummy tuck and lipo of outer thighs two days ago. Coming out of surgery my arms(inside elbow) hurt like crazy. The nurses though it could be how I was strapped to the table. Now my right arm is really swollen. Ever had this happen? What is the cause? How can I reduce the swelling? Thanks.
Why Would I Have A Swollen Arm After Tummy Tuck and Lipo?
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Arm swelling after abdominoplasty
Swollen Arms After Tummy Tuck and Lipo
A Tummy Tuck and Liposuction is not a short procedure. During the procedure you receive a lot of IV fluids AND your arms are held elevated to your sides to allow the surgeon access to your body. Several factors can cause swelling; from the amount of fluid given, to the padding of or the constriction around the arms and even the angle the arms were held. In the vast majority of cases this resolves in a few days. I would see your Plastic surgeon to make sure there is nothing to worry about.
Swollen Arm after Surgery?
Thank you for the question.
Given that you have an asymmetrically “really swollen' upper extremity, you should be evaluated by your plastic surgeon immediately. There are a variety of causes of the situation, some "benign" but some potentially dangerous. Treatment will depend on diagnosis.
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