Ketsalaphone Tummy Tuck Forum; Tummy Tuck Message Board, Abdominoplasty Forum I have tummy tuck done in 2008 , 6 month later I have problem incision around my belly see to increased redness and experience increased pain around the wound harness tissue around the belly an opening in the wound. Discharge of pus thick yellowish/ greenish liquid from the incision on my belly. I feeling tired and feel lack of energy, double vision, loss of appetite, headache, fever doesn’t feel better. I keep going to emergency and doctor only give me a antibiotics (cellulitis, cephalexin) opening in the wound doesn’t healing at all. Please help I’m tired to see leaking belly. Response – Ketsalaphone, I am not sure I understand. You had your tummy tuck over 3 years ago and you still have an open wound that is infected? Sorry, but the only thing I could suggest to you would be to seek medical attention from different doctors (specialists, not emergency room doctors). Tanner Follow-up Message – Yes I have tummy tuck over 3 year go and I still having an open wound. Thank you so much that help a lot.
The following post from our forum is from a woman who had a tummy tuck 3 weeks ago and now has trouble standing up straight and taking long walks without getting fatigued.
Date: 12/04/2011 Submitted by: BrookeCan’t Stand Up Straight Or Take Long Walks 4 Weeks After Tummy Tuck
Hello, my name is Brooke and I’m 30 who has had a TT 3 and a half weeks ago, along with lipo. My question is, is it normal that I still can’t stand straight or walk very long at all? Also I have a sharp pain on the inside of my left hip bone, can anyone tell me what that would be? Thanks
Date: 12/04/2011 Submitted by: Tanner
(The following is not medical advice, just my opinion.)
Three and a half weeks isn’t that long after tummy tuck surgery.
I would think that you will be able to stand up straight soon, as you swelling should go down and your new tight skin should relax to conform to your new body.
As far as not being able to take long walks, that too will come in time. Fatigue or tiring easily after a tummy tuck is normal. The length of time varies with each person and their specific operation. Going from people that I have talked with, experiencing fatigue after one month is not uncommon.
Here are a couple of fatigue related posts from out tummy tuck forum.
– Swelling & Pain 9 Weeks After Tummy Tuck
– Tummy Tuck Surgeon Removed Surgical Drains Too Soon?
With regard to the sharp pain, pain after a tummy tuck (especially when combined with liposuction) is common. If you think that the pain is too intense and you believe something may be wrong you may want to call your surgeon. He is the only one that can speculate what the pain at that specific location may be from. If it’s not that severe, it may just be part of the normal healing process.
Good luck on the rest of your recovery. Tanner
The following post from our forum is from a woman who is asking if one week off from work is enough to have a tummy tuck.
Date: 12/06/2011 Submitted by: LauraIs One Week Off From Work Enough For A Tummy Tuck?
I just started a job a week ago and don’t want to lose it and my surgery is a week from now…do you think a week off is enough?
Date: 12/06/2011 Submitted by: Tanner
Another woman asked the same question.
You can find my response here .. (see below)
Back To Work One Week After Tummy Tuck
It really depends on how well you are recovering and what type of work you do. For office work typically you can return to work in one to two weeks. For more strenuous manual labor work up to 6 weeks or longer. I had a Tummy Tuck with a Lateral Thigh Lift operation and I felt that one week was about right for me (office work).
In 2009 the average Back To Work time appears to be 1-3 weeks.
Ref:ASAPS Tummy Tuck statistics 2009
Back To Work: 1-3 Weeks
If you can have it done on Friday and take the following week off that will give you 10 days. That sounds “do-able” if all goes well and you heal fast. I don’t know about the “a lot of bending down” part. Maybe if you truss yourself up really good and bend with your knees (really slowly). Your doctor will be the only one to tell you for sure.
The following post from our forum is from a person who is going to have a belt lipectomy and is wondering how much time off from work they have to take and whether there are any serious risks involved with the belt lipectomy surgery.
Date: 12/11/2011 Submitted by: KamalakshaBelt Lipectomy Risks And Time Off From Work
Hi I am 25 years old. I lost around 75 pounds and i am plannig for belt lipectomy.
I have a few questions,
1. How long does it take to get back to work? As i have to plan for the holidays.
2. Are there any serious risks involved?
Date: 12/11/2011 Submitted by: Tanner
Going back to work after a belt lipectomy varies with each person.
A belt lipectomy is more complicated than just a tummy tuck. Going back to work after such a surgery really depends on how fast your body heals, how healthy you are and whether or not you have any complications from the surgery.
The average back to work time for a tummy tuck is 1-3 weeks, so if a belt lipectomy is more invasive and extensive than a tummy tuck, expect the same if not more for your operation.
For more info on time off from work see Back To Work One Week After Tummy Tuck.
Concerning the risks – YES, there are serious risks involved. A belt lipectomy is major invasive surgery.
I would suggest that you take a look at our tummy tuck forum to get a good idea of the risks as well as Tummy Tuck Complications and Risks.
If you haven’t already done so and want to know more what is involved in a belt lipectomy you might want to visit my home page TummyTuckForMen.com. It describes my operation (which is essentially the same thing as a belt lipectomy) and everything that I went through.
The following post from our forum is from a man who had Panniculectomy, Gynecomastia & Plication Surgery 8 weeks ago. He is documenting his recovery.
Date: 12/13/2011 Submitted by: MarkRecovery 8 Weeks After Tummy Tuck Surgery
Hi Tanner – just wanted to check back in. Hope all is well at your end. Eight weeks post surgery and all is going well. Am weaning myself off the support garment and starting back into the gym…slowly. Swelling has basically gone away and scars seem to be settling in. Have a follow up with the surgeon next week and am not expecting any surprises. Biggest problem will be getting back to my pre-surgery workout and diet routine….I have been pretty lax since the surgery – felt that I deserved a break!! No weight gain because I won’t do that again but got to get back to the healthy lifestyle! Thanks again for all the support you provided – keep up the good work and let me know what I can do to help. Mark
Date: 12/13/2011 Submitted by: Tanner
Good to hear that all is going well.
It’s nice when things go well and you don’t develop any serious complications.
I have been communicating with a few people who have had lots of problems after their surgery. We were lucky compared to them.
It is difficult to get back into the exercise and diet routine after being out for so long, but hopefully that’s something you (and I) will be able to do for the rest of our lives. Your right. Sure don’t want to gain the weight back. Once was enough.
Thanks for all the info you provided.
The following post from our forum is from a woman who had a tummy tuck with a breast lift 13 days ago and her surgical drains are still draining 75 cc’s a day. She is wondering if this drainage is excessive.
Date: 12/17/2011 Submitted by: AChildsTummy Tuck With Breast Lift 13 Days Ago
I had a tummy tuck and breast lift/augment about 13 days ago. I am recovering nicely, except this drain in my abdomen. I am still draining about 75cc a day and it looks like mostly blood. From research online, I would think it should not look like pure blood at this point and should be slowing down. Is there anything I can do to make this slow and stop bleeding so I can get this removed?! Is this an indication of a potential issue if it’s still mostly blood at this point?
Date: 12/17/2011 Submitted by: Tanner
I assume that you are going to regular follow-up visits with your surgeon. I would think that if there was an issue or something abnormal with your drainage your surgeon would discuss it with you.
Those are all good questions to ask him/her at your next visit. If your next visit isn’t for a few days and you are really concerned or worried about this then why not call their office. The on duty nurse can probably answer your questions and ease your fears over the phone.
If I were you I would look at or chart my daily drainage. If it is slowly decreasing, that’s probably a good sign that you are healing. If it is
increasing, then I would call my doctor. Your combined tummy tuck and breast lift augment may take longer to heal and to stop draining than a normal tummy tuck.
One thing I wouldn’t want to have happen is to remove the drain too soon. If that’s done and you are still draining, the drain fluid has nowhere to go. You may possibly form a seroma or develop other complication from it.
I know of nothing that you can do to make it slow down and stop bleeding other than not to aggravate it by overdoing exercise and activities. Your body will heal at the rate that it heals. Always wearing your compression garment may also help (which you are probably doing anyway).
I can’t tell you if it’s a potential issue that your drainage looks like mostly blood. You will need to talk to your doctor about that.
The following post from our forum is from a male who had an abdominoplasty and a double mastectomy. It is now 14 days post op and he describes his experiences.
Date: 12/26/2011 Submitted by: Andy14 Days Post Abdominoplasty And Double Mastectomy
Hi – I’m a male who is 14 days post abdominoplasty and a double mastectomy. Just wanted to say thanks for sharing your story.
I guess everyone will have a slightly different experience but I’m heartened that there has been nothing wildly different occur for me. I live outside the US and the medical system is a little different.
So far I have experienced:
* 6 day hospital stay.
* day 8 my tummy expanded with fluid (unanticipated by not un expected). the surgeon could not get this fluid out with a needle so we will check it again in a week and try again if it is still there.
* Compression garments are not so comfortable, I’m not sure if “Really tight” is the same as “so tight it’s uncomfortable and causes pain”.
* today is day 14, recovery has it’s ups and downs. my learning is ride it out and be guided by your doctors, keep drinking water and keep moving.
*So far I’ve done some walking – my longest session was 45 mins but this wiped me out the following day – so learning to take it easy and do what i can and not stress.
*Compression garments and wounds make it hard to comfortably exercise. I was a gym junkie prior to surgery, but don’t feel confident to lift a weight yet – my chest area is tender and the incisions and skin need time to settle down. Next week is my goal, all being well with recovery. The amount of exercise and my fitness prior I think has made a big difference to my recovery experience so far.
* I have a nutritionalist who has suggested a drink called arginaid extra, which apparently helps wound healing internally (note I’m not in any way endorsing this product) – I’ve been taking this for about 5 days now. It seems to be packed with Vitimin C and Zinc – which were recommended by the surgeon to take pre and post operatively anyway.
Again thanks for being a voice of experience out there. It has been good to find a male experience as well as a forum to learn and share. Also to other posters thanks for being open and sharing experience.
All the best
Date: 12/26/2011 Submitted by: Tanner
Sorry for the delay in responding. Recently I have been receiving hundreds of spam emails per day and your email got lost in the mix.
Thanks for telling of your experience.
Hopefully by now your fluid build up is under control.
I have never been uncomfortable with my compression garment. No pain at all associated with it. Most likely because I was numb for a long time.
I will have to look into that “Arginaid Extra”. I receive a lot of requests about how patients can speed up the healing process.
Good luck in the rest of your recovery.
Resource Arginaid Extra Wildberry Brikpaks 27 X 8oz Case
RESOURCE ARGINAID EXTRA Oral Supplement is an arginine-intensive drink with specialized nutrients to provide support during wound healing. It is a ready-to-serve, great-tasting oral supplement containing supplemental levels of L-arginine, zinc, and vitamins C and E to help promote the likelihood of wound healing. Provides calories and protein, as well as other essential nutrients required to protect and maintain lean muscle mass.
Message – Thanks Tanner. I’m impressed you take this site so professionally, clearly it is a bit of an unknown and your site is a great resource. An update, The fluid continues to be a pest, last aspiration was 850ml on Friday and today Monday is back bigger than ever. No holidays here tomorrow and I should be able to get in to see my doctor and get emptied again!
Response – Andy, How are your surgical drains doing (assuming you have them)? Are they slowing down or have they been removed? I was aspirated twice after my drains were removed. The fist time he sucked out a lot of fluid. The second time he tried, but came up dry. Tanner
Message – Hi again, my drains were removed by day six when I was in hospital, there was 100ml a day. I’m 21 days post op today. The aspirations have been since leaving hospital. The most recent one did freak me out due to the volume being almost a litre. My PS is away on holiday and his back up is not returning calls (probably holidays as well!) so I had to resort to my GP And have found an radiologist who will do the aspiration with a referral from my GP- it’s complicated and a layer of stress and running around that is unnecessary just now. I’m back at work in a week, how did you go getting back into a routine?
Response – Andy,
If you mean how did I go about getting back into an exercise routine, the simple answer is “very slowly”.
I mostly used light dumbbells for arm exercises and also did some stretches. I exercised for about an hour each day and I used extreme care not to do any exercise that would pull, tug or stretch my midsection area. No fast movements, just slow and deliberate motions.
But, if I were you I would hold off on any physical exercise until the draining problem is resolved, especially since you can’t contact your surgeon at the present. Too much exercise may aggravate the problem and slow your recovery. Hopefully you don’t have too much of a physical type job.
I can imagine you being freaked out at all the fluid sucked out. I didn’t have that much and I was surprised. It just kept coming and coming.
If you meant how did I go about getting back into a work routine, I didn’t have a problem because I work from my computer at home. Other people who go to the office or have more physical type work just try to take it easy and slow until their stamina builds back up. Lots of frequent rests and breaks if possible.
The following post from our forum is from a woman who had a tummy tuck 5 months ago and now has an infection. She is wondering how that could have happened.
Date: 01/14/2012 Submitted by: GwenGetting Insurance To Pay For A Tummy Tuck
I have a tummy tuck infection 5 months after surgery. How could this have happened? I am on antibiotics now. Is there a chance these will work? I waited a month before going to the doctor because I did not know it could get infected that far out from surgery.
Date: 01/14/2012 Submitted by: Tanner
Getting an infection 5 months after surgery does seem kind of strange. You would think by the, everything has settled down and all the tummy tuck stuff was over with.
How could it have happened? I don’t know. I assume you doctor didn’t either or he would have told you.
Why wouldn’t the antibiotics work? I would assume that your doctor thinks they will or he wouldn’t have prescribed them for you.
Sorry I don’t have any answers for you.
The following post from our forum is from a woman who had a tummy tuck 4 months ago and now the area above her belly button is puffy and underneath it is hard and feel swollen and bloated.
Date: 01/14/2012 Submitted by: MicheleGetting Insurance To Pay For A Tummy Tuck
I have been in such a state for the last week and was so relieved when I came across the page with your question on it. I am 4 months post op tummy tuck and was feeling great (even though my hips and thighs seem huge now) until last week. suddenly, I m able to relax my stomach muscles and my stomach that ws so flat seems distended. The area above my (disgusting) belly button is puffy and underneath it is hard as a rock and feels swollen and bloated.
I have lapband and am quite concerned that it is a hernia or I did something wrong? Any help PLEASE….
Date: 01/14/2012 Submitted by: Tanner
The first thing that I would do, would be to get a friend to take a look and give you their opinion if your stomach looks flat or distended or if you look bloated in any way.
Our appearance of ourselves are sometimes too critical or skewed especially after having cosmetic surgery and where you check yourself in the mirror several times a day. Fresh, unbiased eyes see differently than yours.
If you are very concerned that something may be wrong, the only thing to do would be to go back to your doctor. He/she is the only one that can check it out and ease your concerns.
Other things to consider:
– Sometimes after all of the numbness wears off and your body returns to “normal” the stomach area may have a tendency to relax a bit.
– Consuming too much salt or having water retention can sometimes lead to the bloated feeling.
– An exercise program may help tighten stomach muscles.
Sorry I couldn’t really help.
The following post from our forum is from a man who had a tummy tuck 16 days ago and now has trouble sleeping. He wakes up in the middle of the night and his midsection feels hot.
Date: 02/10/2012 Submitted by: MikeProblem Sleeping After A Tummy Tuck
Waking up in the middle of the night.
Hi all. I am 16 days PO from my tummy tuck and have a question. For the past week or so I have been waking up in the middle of the night (4am) or so with an uncomfortable sensation. My mid-section feels hot. Like really hot. I take off my compression binder but see no redness. After walking around for a while the hot sensation goes away & I can usually get back to sleep.
My question is is this normal? Any tips people could give me on avoiding this would be greatly appreciated. Kinda messing up my whole sleep cycle. Thanks
Date: 02/10/2012 Submitted by: Tanner
That it the first time that I have heard of someone describing that situation.
Assuming that it is not a medical condition (which it doesn’t sound like it is – but you may want to check with your surgeon), the only thing that I can think that is happening is that your compression garment is retaining too much heat around your midsection and making you hot (they do that).
Depending on where you live, your living conditions and your sleeping conditions you may want to try one or more of the following to reduce the heat buildup around your midsection.
Crank the air conditioning down (adjust the thermostat) at night to make it colder.
Sleep with a fan blowing towards your bed.
Find a more lightweight and breathable compression garment that doesn’t retain as much body heat.
Loosen your compression garment a little at bedtime. Check with your surgeon first. You don’t want to defeat the purpose of the compression garment. Since you are 16 days out of surgery you also may want to call your surgeon and ask it if it is OK to remove the compression garment at night just for sleeping.
If you sleep with blankets or sheets, position them so that your tummy tuck area has the least covering over it. Example – one sheet over the lower portion of your body and another for the top portion while leaving the midsection (with the compression garment) exposed to the air.
If you try any of these and they work, I would be interested to know so I can make the information available to others. Thanks.