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Had tummy tuck surgery. Getting abdominal pain with tightness. How to get relief?

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Dr. Srikanth Reddy


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Posted on Mon, 21 Jan 2013 in Abdominal Pain
Question: I had a tummy tuck 5 weeks ago and pain is worse now than before. Can't walk far (several hundred yards if that) as pain in abdomen is awful, it feels like something is pulling and it also feels very tight. This only feels liken this on the right side as the left side is fine. Very painful when touching the right side too. I was only 8 1/2 stone before the op as it was all skin that had to be removed as I am a fit person who is desperate to get back to full fitness soon. Part of my scar on right side is inflamed and painful to touch but no weeping. I am back to see my consultant on 18/01 but concerned about the pain I am having as seem to be going backwards now. I need to be driving again but the way I feel there is no way I possibly can.
Answered by Dr. Srikanth Reddy 2 hours later
Tummy tuck procedures involve a lot of dissection of the skin and under surface fat. Although they are considered safe. In your case, as you are suggesting that right side scar is painful and tender to touch and is also inflamed, it quit clear that there is a possible infection over that area. Infections occur mostly if any thrombus is left behind. You should immediately see your treating surgeon who may would like to examine the suture area and suggest you some antibiotics like amoxyciline or cifixime for your infected area. You may also require some pain killers like ibuprofen to reduce the pain.
You should no delay these steps as the infection, if progresses, can become bad.
Hope I am able to solve your concerns.
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