I am almost 6 weeks post op for a full tummy tuck w/ liposuction. The area around the belly button is still numb and feels very hard. I am beltching quite a bit and can't tolerate my constriction garment being off. Will the muscle around the belly button loosen a litte a be more comfortable. I am also numb on the left side and below the belly button. The right side is waking up except for one inch from the belly button. What should I expect.
Belly Button Area is Numb and Hard After Tummy Tuck
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IT sounds as if you have many questions that would best be answered by your surgeon who is best acquainted with you. Depending on what was performed, it is not unusual to expereince some fat necrosis around the new umbilicous.
Belly button area is numb and hard after tummy tuck?
The usual signs of the nerves regenerating and neuropraxia resolving is itching, followed by a burning sensation and then occasional sharp, shock-like pains. These will be normal to experience, and actually a promising sign. Usually, normal sensation returns, but is is also possible to have decreased sensation or even increased sensation to the areas affected. Re-educating nerves postoperatively is often helpful and will allow proper instruction for the affected sensory nerves - methods include using different textures to the affected areas when showering, bathing, applying lotion, etc. If bothersome, there are some medications that may be helpful, including Neurontin for pain for hypersensitivity. You can try various textures such as washcloths, loofahs, cotton sheets, etc. Massaging the areas is also beneficial for the incision to make the finest scar possible. The last place to regain the sensation will be directly adjacent to the incision/scar as the nerves will make its way from the periphery to this location. If continual pain arises, evaluation is warranted. After ruling out other causes, one rare explanation may be that a neuroma has developed and may require surgical excision. This is very unlikely unless a large sensory nerve has been transected inadvertently during the procedure. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!