Is burning/stinging/soreness five weeks post-op tummy tuck normal?
Yes, this sounds like a normal post operative course following an abdominoplasty with plication of the abdominal wall. Maximal healing is normally about 45 to 60 days post operatively. This is when things often feel the tightest. Patients will often complain of a pulling, burning sensation, electrical shocks and even bugs crawling under their skin as the surgical scar matures and reinnervation takes place. Be patient. These symptoms should pass in the next few months.
Gary R. Culbertson, MD, FACS