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Sylvia T
9 days ago

Tummy tuck recovery

What is it like? Any tips or tricks for getting through it?

Procedure: Tummy Tuck
Type: Story

Replies 2

Ellis Tavin
ASPS Surgeon
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Although everyone experiences pain differently, many patients benefit from injection of long lasting (3 days) local anesthetic called Exparel at the time of surgery. Look for a surgeon who offers this. Also muscle relaxant pills (cyclobemzaprine) are helpful. Most of the discomfort from a tummy tuck is related to tightening the abdominal muscles. The above two measures address the resulting discomfort.

Good luck.

Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question. Your surgeon will provide you with appropriate recommendations that you can take pre and post operatively to make the experience as comfortable as possible, especially depending on the details of your specific case. Talk to them about your concerns so that you can get the best advice.


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