The following post from our forum is from a women who had a tummy tuck 6 weeks ago and now she has pain in her right side, her stomach is gurgling and she has swelling above her scar. She is wondering if all this is normal.
Date: 11/19/2011 Submitted by: MariePain, Swelling And Gurgling Sounds 6 Weeks After Tummy Tuck
Hello I’m marie’ & I’ve just started to experience pain on my right hand sideline of round by my belly button ‘ I as six wk post oP from having tummy tuck ‘ I still have swelling above my scar ‘ is this all normall ???? I have a lot Of gurgling noises in my stomach is this normal ‘ I have taken all the advice my surgeon gave me’ & I’m still not lifting heave things ‘ please help as I’m worried . Thank you marie
Date: 11/19/2011 Submitted by: Tanner
Not knowing what your level of pain is, but it sounds like you don’t have too much to be worried about (just my opinion).
Of course with any medical conditions you should ask your doctor these questions, but as a former tummy tuck patient, I would guess that your swelling falls into the “normal” category because for many people, swelling can take months to go away.
As far as your pain in your right side goes, unless it is really severe, and there is no redness or infection, you may want to strap on your compression garment and give it a day or so and see if if goes away by itself.
With regard to the gurgling in your stomach, I have never heard of anyone complaining about that in association with a tummy tuck. Could It be just an upset stomach from your worrying about the pain and swelling and everything that you went through up to now? I would try eating some bland and healthy foods, possibly popping some antacids and see if it settles down after a while.
I had a full tummy tuck in September 2018 1,5 yrs ago) i had- from the first day post op- horrible sounds coming from my stomach and intestines, especially when lying down- and mostly after just drinking water or brushing my teeth. I have noticed increased stiffness in joints- my hair falling out and my eyes and mouth are drier ( after tests were done) its a shame there are no real explanations for this.