American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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3 years ago

How likely is a muscle repair to rupture and would you know about it?

I’m five weeks PO with TT, MR, hernia repair and waist lipo. I’m really paranoid that my muscle repair has come undone. My upper abdomen has swollen slightly and I’m just really worried it is because I’ve ruptured the muscles. I’ve been pretty careful with my recovery but a couple of times I’ve had to lift my nine month old. Mostly it’s been from the floor on to the sofa next to me, but I’m so wor

Procedure: Tummy Tuck
Location: london, NB - United Kingdom

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Gary Culbertson
ASPS Surgeon
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Consider contacting your surgeon. Post operative abdominal swelling associated with an abdominoplasty could be a seroma. Best,

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Michael Freedland
ASPS Surgeon

It would be difficult to know what the cause of that fullness might be. Post operative swelling is certainly a possibility even at 5 weeks. It would be best to contact the surgeon that did the procedure. Try to be patient, though as often the final effect is not seen for 9-12 months after surgery.

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Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question. In most cases this fullness is swelling from surgery and will improve with time (months). Hang in there, inform your surgeon of your concerns, and best of luck with your continued recovery!


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