Hi! My question is a little complicated. I have had several abdominal surgeries: 3 children/all c-section, 2 colon surgeries, hysterectomy, etc. My stomach (from the navel down) is a patchwork of scars. I experience alot of pain around my navel area, and was told it was possibly due to adhesions. Would a tummy tuck remove all of that and help me? If not, what do you recommend to help? I am very embarassed about my body. Thank you for your time!
Tummy Tuck to Correct Problems from Multiple Surgery Scarring?
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A tummy tuck can correct the scars below your belly button.
Using an abdominoplasty to remove multiple lower abdominal scars
If all of your scars are from the umbilicus down then these can be converted to a low transverse scar. This is not an uncommonly requested procedure and works quite well.
Tummy Tuck and inside the belly Scarring
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) gives the best results in non-obese individuals who are at a stable weight and who do not plan on having more children. The operation will remove the skin and subcutaneous fat from the belly button to the pubis, flatten the tummy by putting the rectus (six pack) muscles together, narrow the waist and lift a sagging pubis.
But - the operation will do nothing for recurrent intraabdominal pain from presumed adhesions. If symptomatic (recurrent bouts of nausea and vomiting etc) they may need to be released surgically.
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From the pictures, you will need to lose some weight before surgery. You may have umbilical hernia and that may cause your pain. Please make a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to get more information.
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Hi butterflies, You do have a unique history. My first recommendation would be to see a general surgeon to get clarification on the reason you are in pain. If it is centered around your naval, you may have an umbilical hernia. This can be repaired during a tummy tuck, but if it is indeed scar tissue adhesions, they can not. If the scarring is all below your belly button, they would likely be removed duing a Tummy Tuck procedure, but for marks higher than the navel, you are not likely to see these go anywhere. (They will be stretched out and brought lower, but still there.) In addition, you have to remember you will be trading them for a much longer scar that goes from hip to hip. I would first find out why you are having pain, then move forward meeting with several board certified plastic surgeons that have extensive experience performing tummy tucks (and possibly hernia repairs). They should be able to give you some more specific advice about your best options. Good luck!
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It is important to take your time and carefully check the training and credentials of a plastic surgeon you are considering. This is a person you will trust with your health, well being and someone you will trust to make a permanent change to your appearance.
Will tummy tuck fix my problems related to multiple abdominal operations?
Abdominoplasty may remove your scars
Correction of scars following abdominal surgery
Thank you for your question. Tummy tuck would likely eliminate your present scars below your belly button, but trade them for the traditional tummy tuck scar - low and curved, along the full width of the abdomen, in addition to a scar around the belly button itself. Tummy tuck would also flatten the abdomen, remove overhanging skin and fat, and, with liposuction, narrow and contour the waistline. Abdominal pain due to adhesions from prior surgery, however, would not be addressed. These adhesions are thin bands of scar tissue between and around the intestines - tummy tuck does not involve intervention inside the abdominal cavity itself. In short, tummy tuck would be a nice option to improve your appearance; it would not, however, address your pain.
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