Christine Great information. Thank you! I’m currently scheduled for 2 consultations to have my tummy tuck done, and no website that I have ever been to has answered my drainage questions like you have. Thanks again! I’m going to keep your site info. in case I have more questions in the next few weeks. Christine, I’ll be happy to answer any questions if I can. Going to you first tummy tuck consultations can be an exciting and scary. You may want to bring with you a list of written questions to ask the surgeon or his nurse when you are there. Some of the questions that I asked can be found here. They may give you some ideas for additional questions to ask. Good luck with your consultations. Tanner
The following question from our forum is from a woman who had a tummy tuck and now has pain and an infection where they removed the surgical drain. She is wondering whether to seek immediate medical help or wait for her doctor’s appointment tomorrow.
Date: 04/07/2010 Submitted by: Sussan
I had tummy tuck done on 3/23. after two weeks I noticed I have a lot of pain in my left side where the drain is coming out and noticed the infection and today the Doctor removed the drain and removed the puss and put me on Cirofloxacin, 750mg. I took one at 12 today but I still feel pain and redness and inflammation on the site and on my thigh. I do not know what should I do. I am suppose to see my Doctor tomorrow. Should i go to emergency room? is there any other antibiotic that I can take because this one is giving me upset stomach. Please advise.
Date: 04/07/2010 Submitted by: Tanner
I cannot advise you on a medical condition such as yours. I did not have that problem. I would think that your doctor gave you emergency phone numbers to call before your operation. He is the one to tell you what to do and what to expect. 7 hours may be too little time for the antibiotic to have any effect. He may tell you that it will take time and simply to take something to calm your upset stomach until tomorrow’s appointment rather than changing antibiotics. I do not know. If you cannot contact your doctor and you are still concerned why not try calling the emergency room first and explain your situation to them. They may be able to save you a trip. Good luck.
The following question from our forum is from a man who had a tummy tuck in Lebanon and has since returned to Kuwait. His doctor never installed surgical drains and he now faces an additional surgery.
Date: 04/10/2010 Submitted by: Yaqoub
I had a tummy tuck operation in Lebanon 7 months ago. my doctor didn’t install draining tubes at all, when I came back home to Kuwait and after 3 months I started feeling pain and my tummy feels like a hard baseball inside, I went to a doctor in Kuwait and he said this is normal after a tummy tuck operation, it most be blood. He tied to suck it by a syringe but it was hard to come out so he gave me cream and asked to comeback in one week for another surgery but I was afraid to back.. so please doctor give an advice. Yours.
Date: 04/10/2010 Submitted by: Tanner
I am not a doctor. I am a patient who had a tummy tuck operation. I cannot advise you on medical matters. I can just tell you of my personal experiences of what I went through, but I have never heard of anyone not having surgical drains installed for a tummy tuck (but again I am not a doctor). I never had that pain or “baseball” feeling that you described. I did have a “tightness” feeling with numbness, but that was expected. Three months after your tummy tuck you got that feeling and your doctor said it was normal and it must be blood? It doesn’t sound normal to me. Also, I could not possibly guess why they gave you a cream or what a cream could do to treat something inside your body. I would go to a different doctor for a second opinion (or even a third) before going back for another surgery.
Thank you very much,, I think I should book a flight to see the same doctor who did the operation very soon.. Thank you again. Yaqoub
The following question from our forum is from a woman who had a tummy tuck in India and has since returned to the United States. She is concerned that her stitches have become hard and brittle and wonders if she should have her family doctor in the USA remove them.
Date: 04/17/2010 Submitted by: Kelly
I found it very helpful to read on your recovery. I have a question about the stitches because I had my surgery in INDIA at Wockhardt Hospital which came out very well. I had a great doctor plus it saved me a lot of money. My stitches at the hips are hard n brittle just wondering if they need to be removed by my primary doctor in the USA? I know you are not a doctor, but wanted to ask. He said the ones in the middle of my tummy would just fall off. I am just worried about the ones on my hips. Thanks in advance. Kelly
Date: 04/17/2010 Submitted by: Tanner
From what I remember, the “brittle” stitches that I had turned out to be the non-permanent dissolvable stitches. It took about 2-1/2 weeks after surgery for them to all fall out.
When I showered and gently rubbed the stitched area with a bar of soap, little pieces of stitches (about 1/4″ long) or so would sometimes break off and cling to the bar of soap. Over time, they eventually all came out. I carefully removed a few of the stubborn fragments with my fingernail or a tweezers after observing that the skin was healed and they were no longer serving their function (they were just sticking out).
In your case I would consider;
– how long has it been since you had your surgery?
– have your permanent stitches already been removed?
– has your skin healed together so that the remaining stitches are not performing any function?
– are the ‘brittle” stitches that you refer to complete stitches or fragments of stitches?
– did you have all of the permanent stitches removed when you were still in India?
You said “He said the ones in the middle of my tummy would just fall off.” What did he say about the hip stitches? Do they look the same as the tummy stitches?
Have you noticed any other dissolvable stitches coming out by themselves? If not, then maybe enough time has not passed for them to dissolve and break down. If other stitches have “dissolved” but the ones on your hips remain one or two weeks after the others have gone, maybe they will have to be removed. But, if they told you that the hip stitches were dissolvable and if they are not causing you any pain or discomfort, you may want to just give it some more time. Your local doctor can always remove them later.
I had surgery on March 25 and the brittle ones are tender to touch sometimes and when they rub against something I am wearing it pulls a little bit. I think I will call my regular doctor about having them looked at to make sure they are okay or need to come out. My incision is healing pretty good…except one or two areas that just look irritated, but I have been putting some 1st aid cream on them and it seems to help. I just wish the swelling would go away…it is starting to annoy me…! LOL Not sure if it needs to be drained a bit, but the thing I am worried about is my insurance would not cover any after care. I know the doctor in INDIA said there would be aftercare, but it has been 6 days since I sent a email and he has not responded. I appreciate all your help. Kelly
The following question from our forum is from a woman who had a tummy tuck performed 2 1/2 weeks ago. Her surgical drain was removed and the hole has healed up. Now she had pain and redness in that area and is wondering if she has cause for concern.
Date: 04/24/2010 Submitted by: Deena
I had a tummy tuck 2.5 weeks ago, everything went fine I had a drainage tube inserted on my left side upper pubic area, the doctor removed my drain 5 days later, the area was a bit red but did not hurt, a scab appeared and finally fell off, the area is now painful to touch and is red, hard and swollen about a half dollar size but the hole is closed up so there is not any drainage. when should I become worried or is this normal to have pain there? I do want to say that it does not hurt unless something touches it.
Date: 04/26/2010 Submitted by: Tanner
Sorry for the delay in responding to your question. When my drains were removed I had the same symptoms as you describe, but I don’t remember having any pain only sensitivity. My drain “penetration points” remained sensitive for a few weeks after the tubes were removed. I kept applying Neosporin and bandages and they eventually healed up nicely. What you describe sounds like a normal healing process (compared to what I experienced) but depending on the degree of pain you are having and if you see signs of inflammation or infection you might want to call your doctors office and tell them what you are experiencing. They can give you professional advice and put your mind at ease.
The following comment from our forum is from a woman who had a tummy tuck performed two weeks ago and still has her surgical drains installed. She thinks that is too long and that too much fluid and blood is being drained.
Date: 04/28/2010 Submitted by: Alicia
I had a tummy tuck done two weeks ago, and my drain is still water and blood my doctor thinks this is normal, but I don’t. I think that that is to long a time to keep a drain on and the blood context is too much. Please help!
Date: 04/28/2010 Submitted by: Tanner
My tummy tuck drains were removed 6 days after surgery. Two weeks does seem like a long time, but I would think your doctor would know best as to what is normal and what isn’t. I did a quick internet search and found the following web site which indicates that some tummy tuck surgical drains stay in for as long as 15 days or more so it seems that your situation is not too uncommon.
“Tummy Tuck Drain Removal”
How long you will have the drains in place depends on how much drainage you have. This is one reason you need to keep track of the amount that collects in the bulbs each day. The surgical drains may be removed in as little as 3 to 5 days or as long as 15 days or more, depending upon the amount of fluid you are draining.
The following comment from our forum is from a man who had an abdominoplasty done with liposuction on chest and abdominal region.
Date: 05/23/2010 Submitted by: David
I like your website. I too am a guy who lost a lot of weigh (100 lbs. – 120 lbs.), had sagging skin for about 2 years and decided to go through with it. I had an abdominoplasty done with liposuction on chest and abdominal region. It’s been a year and I love the new look. I applaud you for putting your story up because it takes a lot of courage. David
Date: 05/23/2010 Submitted by: Tanner
Thanks. It is disappointing to end up with all that sagging skin after doing so much work to lose the weight isn’t is? Getting rid of it with the tummy tuck sure made a big difference for me as well. As far as taking a lot of courage, not so much. Even though my tummy tuck experience is published to the world, I took the precautions of blurring my face in the photographs and I did not use my real name. I did that because once you put something on the internet you can never take it back. I wanted to play it safe. Good luck with your post tummy tuck period. Now the challenge for us is to keep the weight from coming back. Best regards.
Dottie It has been 13 weeks since my tummy tuck and all is fine except my belly button area is hard and a little pooched out plus he didn’t do liposuction and i still have love handles. Does anyone else have this problem? Sorry, Response for this message is missing – Tanner
England I need a tummy tuck…..NEED, a tummy tuck. I don’t care about the risks. If I die it would be better than living the rest of my life like this. every time I bend or squat my underwear and pants slip down to expose my underwear and my shirts ride up. I hate what this is doing to my family and me. Sorry, Response for this message is missing – Tanner
The following post from our forum is from a man who is looking for more information about tummy tucks and liposuction on the chest.
Date: 06/04/2010 Submitted by: Robbie
Thanks for this Tanner… I really appreciate it! I’m down 115 pounds…and have a lot of excess skin. I’m trying to lose 10 more…and then consider the surgery end of next year. I’m interested in reaching out to the response/guy from the 5/23 post who did the liposuction on the chest… as I’m thinking of that also. Would you ask him if I could connect with him? Thanks.
Date: 06/04/2010 Submitted by: Tanner
If you like, I will forward this email (with your email address) to him. That will provide him the opportunity to contact you directly if he cares to. Let me know if you want me to do that. Best regards, Tanner
FOLLOW-UP – That would be great! I just have some questions regarding his procedure…as it sounds similar to what I’d like to do! How are you? Feeling great? Did you not have any excess skin in your chest area?
It will be up to him if he wants to contact you. I am doing fine and have had no problems. I did not have enough excess skin in my chest area to worry about. Best regards,