Sally Hi….I am just over 2 weeks post op tummy tuck. My internal muscles did have some diastis and needed to be sutured back. My main concern is the longevity of the sutures. My doctor says they last a lifetime. I am an active 45 yr. old runner. I also use some weights and definitely work on my core. I am so concerned that the core workouts and abs exercises will bust my sutures. I would love to hear of some success stories to maybe ease my concerns. Thank you! Sorry, Response for this message is missing – Tanner
Cindy Ok, so I had my tummy tuck on May 12, 2010 (almost a month ago now) and I still have the drainage tube in on the right side!!! I’m so frustrated right now, it hurts so badly just sitting with this thing in me!! It stings so bad and it is so uncomfortable, the output is at about 30 cc’s but I really want it taken out immediately!! Also, every time I tell my doctor about something I had read that is a warning sign and should tell him about, he acts like it’s no big deal and it makes me look like I am freaking out over every little thing, so what do I do?? Sorry, Response for this message is missing – Tanner
The following question from our forum is from a woman who has surgical drains from her tummy tuck operation that were removed too soon according to her doctor. Her doctor’s medical assistant is the one who removed them.
Date: 06/12/2010 Submitted by: Michele
I had my right JP drainage tube taken out on Monday June 7, 2010 and my doctor was very upset with me because he thinks it was too soon to have it taken out (the medical assistant took it out that day and he wasn’t in the office) he is afraid as well as I am that the fluid will build up and I will have to get needles stuck in me to get the remaining fluid drained. Is there any way I can just drink a ton of water every day and keep up with exercise and have the remaining fluid flush itself out without having any problems with the fluid building up inside me? I had the drainage tube on the right side in me for two days short of 4 weeks so the medical assistant thinks it was ok for it to be removed but I am still scared to death that it was too soon to be taken out. I had a tummy tuck. Cindy
Date: 06/12/2010 Submitted by: Tanner
The doctor shouldn’t be upset with you, if anyone, he should be upset with the medical assistant who took it out. I don’t know, but I would doubt that drinking lots of water and exercising would do what you want in a timely manner or your doctor would have instructed you so.
It sounds like you don’t relish the idea getting stuck with needles to remove the remaining fluid from your body. I had it done and it is not as bad as it sounds. I documented my experience with the needle on this page http://www.tummytuckformen.com/tummy-tuck-abdominoplasty-after-surgery-recovery.html (ref date 12/19/07). The good thing about this is that the area where he will probably stick the needle is still very numb. When he did it to me I did not feel anything. No pain at all. If you have a fear of needles, I would suggest when you go to your appointment tell the doctor that you don’t want to see the needle and be sure to turn your head away when he brings it out. Most likely the fear of the needle (the worrying) is going to cause you more pain than the needle itself. I would try to schedule your next appointment as soon as possible just to get it over with. The less you think about it the better. Good luck. Best regards,
Hi, thanks so much for responding back to me, because I’ve been on a few different sites and have e-mailed questions and gotten no response. So, I was told by my surgeon that if my stomach appears distended and sticking out gradually over time, not overnight then that is how I would know if my stomach/abdominal area is still carrying fluid and it’s building up. So far the stomach area looks to be normal, however, embarrassing as it is to say, it looks as if my pubic area is possibly distended because when I look in the mirror at my side profile it seems to be noticeably sticking out more than it should, my sister though says it is probably just still swollen and it should be fine, but I am not sure, so anyway just wondering if you have heard of anyone getting their pubic area drained after this surgery?? Also, in regards to your comment on the needles being stuck in me to drain the excess fluid if necessary, well yes I would definitely look the other way, but unfortunately my numbness is wearing off slowly but surely so I am thinking by the time I go in for any draining it will be hurting, so I guess I will just take a pain pill before hand just in case and have someone drive me to the appointment. I must say you are very lucky and blessed to have had such a great recovery and especially a pain free recovery, because I can honestly say this is the most pain I have endured in my entire life and it is the worst decision I have made in my entire life as of right now. This has been a horrendous and horrible experience for me personally so I am just praying every day that after a month now of recovery that I will soon be feeling normal again. I have the unfortunate experience of dealing with my incision opening up last week on June 7, 2010 which was over 3 weeks after my surgery, it opened up not too much a few inches or so right where my belly button is at, so I have to get it packed with gauze dipped in peroxide twice a day, my sister bless her heart has been doing that for me, so this has been a horrible experience for me, so I am glad you had a great experience with this surgery because I sure didn’t.
I would vote with you sister on “still swollen and should be fine”. I have not heard of anyone getting their pubic area drained after this type of surgery. You could probably compare it to a guy’s perspective from reading what I went through “down there”. I copied it from my page http://www.tummytuckformen.com/tummy-tuck-abdominoplasty-pain-swelling-scars.html as follows.
SWELLING IN THE GROIN AREA.
At one of my pre Tummy Tuck meetings, the nurse make a brief comment that there may be some swelling in the lower areas (I forget how she actually put it) but I gave it no thought. I didn’t know how “low” she meant. Now I do. Apparently the body fluids that were not drained off by the surgical drains made their way “downhill” towards the groin area causing noticeable swelling down there. An amusing thought came to me – “I paid $11,000 for a Tummy Tuck and got a “male enhancement” thrown in for free. Unfortunately it only lasted a month, then the swelling went down and everything was “back to normal”.
Comparing you experience with mine, I guess I was pretty lucky with my entire tummy tuck and recovery. Good luck.
Ok, what a relief that is to hear!! Thanks again so much Tanner for responding back to me. Have a great day and enjoy the rest of the Summer!!
The following question from our forum is from a woman who has surgical drains from her tummy tuck operation that are coming out by themselves. Each movement she makes causes them to wiggle out a little bit more and she is wondering what to do if they come completely out.
Date: 06/19/2010 Submitted by: Michele
I am 10 day post op full abdominoplasty. So far so good except these drain tubes giving me fits. The right one is out to point of no more bulb suction and about 2 inches white portion of tube shows and I can see the sutures. I go Mon to doctor to take it out. Is it possible it will keep working itself out and if so how do I take care of treating the hole left behind? It seems that every movement I make is causing it to come out another half inch and pushing it back in I know is not a good idea. Michele
Date: 06/19/2010 Submitted by: Tanner
I can’t give medical advice but since you only have one day until the doctor takes it out why not try to prevent further movement by:
– covering it with your compression garment to secure it in place.
– secure it to your compression garment with a combination of tape/pins
As far as the “hole left behind”, if I remember correctly after the surgeon removed my drain tubes all he did was apply gauze and a little pressure to the hole to seep up any remaining residual fluids then covered it with new gauze and bandage. Over time it heals. I don’t remember an “open hole” ever being a problem. Good luck.
Thanks so much Tanner….actually it is the insertion point that was almost out and I could not really secure that flopping around tube without horrific pubic pain and although I did try with nylons day before…I think that was worse when going to the bathroom. Nonetheless….this tube did wiggle itself out Saturday when I stood up off the commode and doc said he would reinforce the other one Monday….although I would really like it out!!! since I have travel plans on Tuesday…..and the ‘hole’ left behind or that little slit….yes, I did just cover with a dry 4 x 4 and very little seepage and doesn’t seem to be staying in my system either….lol….so….I will be post 11 days tomorrow and normal drain tube time seems to tell us 5 to 15 days….and drainage is yellowy/clear as it should be. Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly. Michele
The following question from our forum is from a man who is wondering if he is a good candidate for a tummy tuck operation. He had had prior surgeries which have left him with scars on his stomach.
Date: 06/22/2010 Submitted by: Lennon
Thank you for all the information on your website!
So here is the deal… I am a 28 year old male in need of some advice on abdominoplasty. I have had several back surgeries in the past 4 years, but now my back is in perfect shape. The last surgery was September of 2008, when I had Anterior Spinal Fusion at the L5/S1 level. Anterior, of course, meant that they went through the front. I now have a scar, horizontal, approximately. 6-7″ across my stomach above my hips on the left side. Before surgery, I had about 5-7 lbs. to lose in that area. I am not “fat”, but rather, I have a very “flabby” gut that looks disgusting to me and I am sure to others. I am very self-conscious about it, and I would feel o much better about myself if I did not have such a “tummy”. I want to know if at my age, I am a candidate for a tummy tuck, or if perhaps you think that liposuction alone would be able to help the problem. I wonder if I would have enough elasticity in my skin that it would stretch back? Perhaps also I am not a candidate for the surgery because of the scar that I now have? Please let me know your opinion, and fee free to ask if you need any other information. Thank you SO much for your time in answering my question, I really appreciate your advice!
Date: 06/22/2010 Submitted by: Tanner
If you were a good candidate for an abdominoplasty, one of the first things you would have to do is get down to your “Ideal Weight” (or a few pounds below it). It sounds like it won’t take you long to do that from what you say. I would combine that with exercise, vitamins and supplements and good nutrition. Then look into the mirror and determine if you really need an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or not. A tummy tuck surgery should be your last resort. It is still a dangerous and expensive surgical procedure requiring a lot of “down time” on your part.
If you were never extremely overweight, I would be optimistic about your skin not being stretched beyond the point of no return. Your young age is a plus for your skin retaining it’s elasticity, but there are too many factors that come into play to make a prediction. I would concentrate on losing the weight and getting into shape first.
As for your existing scar, only a surgeon can determine if it will be a problem or not. I would guess it wouldn’t be but I don’t really know because I wasn’t faced with that situation.
Why not make an appointment for a tummy tuck consultation with a plastic surgeon? It is the only way to get good answers to all your questions. He can also tell you if liposuction will be of any benefit to you. Tummy Tuck Consultations are usually pretty cheap. Mine cost me only $25. After the consultation you walk away with the knowledge and facts needed to make a good decision. Good luck.
Dear Tanner, Thank you so much for your quick response! I will definitely go and have a consultation on this to get my questions answered further…you’re awesome man thanks! Lennon
The following question from our forum is from a woman who still feels liquid in her abdomen 6 weeks after having a tummy tuck operation in her country. She is wondering if her body will absorb the liquid or have a doctor remove it.
Date: 06/27/2010 Submitted by: Ana
I had a tummy tuck done in my country 6 weeks ago, came back to us 3 weeks later I still felt liquid in my abdomen, what are the risk, if I don’t take it out. Will my body absorb it or I need to go back to my country and have the doctor to take the liquid out. Ana
Date: 06/27/2010 Submitted by: Tanner
I could never actually feel the fluid inside me when I had my surgical drains. All I felt was numbness. If you think you still have fluid inside you it might be a good idea to go to a local US doctor and have it checked out or drained. A local doctor would be quick and convenient (compared to traveling to another country) as well as providing you a second opinion on your condition. Drain fluids could be a source of infection. Removing the fluid reduces the risk of complications and infections. As to whether or not you body will absorb the remaining fluid depends on too many factors (the amount of fluid, your body, the wound area, your health..) and only a qualified doctor could tell you after an examination. Good luck.
The following question from our forum is from a man who is having problems with his surgical drain following a tummy tuck operation. The drainage fluid is not going into the drain tubing and bulb like it is suppose to but rather coming out of the hole where the surgeon inserted the tubing into his skin.
Date: 07/01/2010 Submitted by: Chris
I had a mini complex abdominoplasty yesterday and had one drain put in. Almost all of my draining has come from tube site in body, what a mess. Doctor didn’t seem alarmed but I don’t see anybody else having this problem. Chris
Date: 07/01/2010 Submitted by: Tanner
I don’t understand your problem. What is a mess? What makes it complex? Tanner
Complex? Who knows? That’s what doc called it. The mess is from the drainage coming out of the drainage tube site, from my skin, only a few drops in actual drain. I have been shoving towels in my shorts. No way to measure it. Maybe he called it complex because I have a kidney transplant inside left hipbone. Chris
I see your point. That really would be messy and very inconvenient. Changing out fluid soaked bandages or towels for days or even weeks would “get old” real fast. I haven’t heard of anyone else having this problem either. I don’t know how often this happens. My drain tube penetration sites were nice and dry. It sounds like the suction end of the drain tube is not located at the source of the fluid build-up. Of course it is still very early after your surgery. Things may change. If it continues for a while like this and the drain collects little or no fluid, why not ask your surgeon if it would be advisable for him to “pull out” an inch or two of the drain tube in an effort to reposition the suction end in order to find the right spot and allow it to work properly. If I remember correctly I had about 5 inches of tubing inside of me when my surgeon removed it. The good thing is that the fluid is coming out of your body. Good luck. Tanner
Thanks for responding. I go back on Monday (yes, a holiday) for pain pump to be removed so I’ll ask then. Meanwhile I am embarrassed to admit I went and bought Depends!!!!!! Chris
The following question from our forum is from a woman who wants to know how much a tummy tuck would cost in the United States. She doesn’t have a credit card or insurance and would like to pay in cash.
Date: 07/19/2010 Submitted by: Nene
I want to have a tummy tuck in the United states. I do not have credit card nor insurance and will prefer to pay cash before the surgery. What is the total cost? Please advise ASAP.
Date: 07/19/2010 Submitted by: Tanner
A few years ago the average cost of Tummy Tuck in the U.S. was between $3,000 and $10,000 ($3,000 sounds a little on the cheap side to me).
I doubt that anybody will be able to tell you what the total cost will be without you going in for a specific tummy tuck examination and consultation. Costs vary quite a bit because of the patient’s health, geographical location, which surgeon you use, his popularity and how “in demand” he is, the operating facility and many other factors.
Since I don’t know what country you are in or the specifics of your situation there is not much I can tell you about costs. I do know that you may face additional challenges because you don’t have a credit card or insurance (especially a credit card). I’m not sure how many surgeons deal on a “cash basis” only.
You might want to try the following:
– See if your family doctor can give you advice on how to proceed.
– Try to find other people in your area who have had a tummy tuck in the United States and ask them about their experiences and costs.
– Search the online tummy tuck forums and ask your questions there looking for other people with similar experiences.
– Visit the websites of U.S. tummy tuck surgeons and tell them your situation and ask them how to proceed.
– If you do have a tummy tuck in the United States I would plan on spending enough time here for you to recover sufficiently before you go home. “How much time” would be one of the questions that I would ask the specific surgeons during your research.
You have a lot of planning and research to do. Good luck.
Thanks so much; this is very helpful.
The following post from our forum is from a woman who had a tummy tuck and now experiences bloating after every meal. She is wondering if this is normal or if there is something wrong.
Date: 08/15/2010 Submitted by: Rika
Hello: It’s been 2 months since my abdominalplasty with lipo. When I wake up in the morning my stomach is flat but throughout the day every time I eat my stomach blows up. Is this normal? I feel like I look pregnant all over again. I know I still have a little swelling but I didn’t think this would happen with a bowl of oatmeal. I hope nothing’s wrong. Please advise. Rika
Date: 08/15/2010 Submitted by: Tanner
When you say your stomach “blows up”, can you actually see a difference when looking in the mirror (before and after eating) or is it just a feeling of being bloated?
I can sort of relate to what you feel. I remember soon after my tummy tuck I noticed that I seemed to get fuller much faster when I ate. I took this as a good thing and assumed that since my skin and stomach muscles were “tighter”, my stomach did not have as much room to expand when I ate. It also served as a reminder and incentive not to eat too much. Every time I got that feeling I would think “I don’t want to overeat and cause my skin to stretch again or pull at the stomach stitches”. Even today, over two years later I get that same feeling. If it’s not just a feeling of being too full and you can actually see bloating and swelling every time you eat it might be time to go back to the doctor to check it out. Good luck.
Thx. I go see my doc on Wednesday. I don’t feel bloated. I can actually see it. Is this a complication? Rika
I have never heard of anyone having that problem in relation to a tummy tuck, but I don’t know if it is a complication or not. Tanner
Ok thanks. Rika
The following post from our forum is from a woman who is looking for a good Tummy Tuck doctor who won’t “mess her up”.
Date: 08/17/2010 Submitted by: Debbie
I really want to get a tummy tuck done but trying to find a good md that does payment plans is hard to find and I really want a good md that would not mess me up.
Date: 08/17/2010 Submitted by: Tanner
Finding a good plastic surgeon is a lot of hard work. Finding one that accepts payment plans is probably harder yet (though most will accept credit cards). Finding one that won’t MESS YOU UP – well, you won’t know that till after the surgery. That’s the scary part and hardest part of it all. The “not knowing” how it will turn out. The only you can do is research your doctor thoroughly and make the best choice possible. Surgery is always a gamble and there are no guarantees. Good luck.