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Is burning/stinging/soreness five weeks post-op tummy tuck normal?

Q:

I am five weeks post-op tummy tuck and within the past week I have been feeling a burning/stinging sensation along the internal suture line as well as abdominal muscle soreness.  I am curious if this is a normal part of healing, or if I have somehow compromised my muscle repair.

Thank you.

A:

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.

Best,

 

 

Gary R. Culbertson, MD, FACS 

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