The following post from our forum is from a women who had a tummy tuck 6 months ago and now her tummy looks like she is pregnant and she has stabbing pain when she walks.

Date: 11/15/2011 Submitted by: JamieSwollen & Look Pregnant 6 Months After Tummy Tuck

I had a tummy tuck about 6 months ago. I am worried because I am so swollen and look 4 months pregnant. I am swollen from under my chest and down it foofs out. I am also having a stabing pain on my lower stomach near the scar. The more I work out and walk it hurts. Is this normal because I am worried something is wrong and my doctor says I’m fine. He is’nt the nicest to me cause I had alot of pain months after and told me it was in my head that he’s never had a patient in that much pain after 2 months. Please let me know if the swelling this bad is normal after 6 months with pain Thank you so much. Jamie


Date: 11/15/2011 Submitted by: Tanner


I would think that 6 months after a tummy tuck you would be pretty much healed from the surgery and I wouldn’t think that it would be “normal”.

Your swelling and pain may not be related to your tummy tuck.

The doctor who told you it’s in your head, is that your tummy tuck surgeon or your family doctor? Did he run tests or did he just look at you and say that you were fine.

In any case you may want to go to a different doctor for a second opinion.

Good luck,


Thanks, to see another surgeon it would cost 200. For them to see me it’s crazy! Yes it was my surgeon who told me it was in my head. I had a cat scan and ultra sound and nothing is wrong inside. He said that my swelling is normal and if I exercise it will go down but it’s not.