Abdominoplasty post op

I am 24 days out from having a fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty. My incision looks great. Almost completely healed. However, I am still having so much muscle pain. I feel like I am bothering my doctors office so I thought I would reach out here. I know I am supposed to be on light activity but I have a 2 & 4 year old and a full time office job. Of ALL the things I do sitting (upright) causes the swelling and pain which is keeping me from going back to work. Is this normal? How long can I expect to have such pain when sitting?

Thank you

You are still early in your recovery from this type of abdominoplasy. It's going to take probably about 12 weeks to settle so cut yourself some slack. Swelling above the horizontal incision can increase in the first 6 to 8 weeks and then will start going down over the next 10 months as the lymphatic drainage recovers. Bank on it taking 4 to 6 weeks to get your normal energy levels back. This is hard for you with 2 young children but it will all get better with time. Using an abdominal binder at this stage can also help with the swelling and provide some support as well. Just make sure the upper part in front is cut down or folded over so that it is not putting uncomfortable pressure on your breast folds when you sit.

Peter P. Kay MD, FACS
Peter P. Kay MD, FACS
2355 N Wyatt DrTucsonAZ85712US

Peter P. Kay MD, FACS

2355 N. Wyatt Drive, Suite 111,Tucson, AZ,
85712, US

With the surgical procedure you had I would anticipate discomfort for the next 4-6 weeks.

Frank X. Venzara Jr, MD
Frank X. Venzara Jr, MD
280 N Sykes Creek PkwyMerritt IslandFL32953US

Frank X. Venzara Jr, MD

280 N. Sykes Creek Pkwy.,Suite A,
Merritt Island, FL, 32953, US

Thanks for the question. In general, it takes between 4 to 6 week to recovery from an abdominoplasty. Discomfort and swelling within that time frame are not uncommon. Limiting your activities will help to decrease inflammation that may cause swelling and discomfort. Be sure to follow up with your surgeon to be sure the swelling is not a fluid collection (seroma) under the skin. Hopefully you have someone helping you with the two children, we all certainly understand their demands on a parent's time.

Roberta L. Gartside MD
Roberta L. Gartside MD
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Roberta L. Gartside MD

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VA, 22090, US

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Do not feel like you are imposing on your doctor. He or she is the best to address your surgery related pain and discomfort issues. I have my patients take muscle relaxants after surgery and place them in a compression garment for 6 weeks. If you are pretty active with work and kids, you will have prolonged swelling and discomfort. It is also normal to feel somewhat down and tired after major surgery. You will have good days and bad days, but with time the good days prevail. Hope this helps, and "bother" your doctor. Good luck.

George Marosan MD, FACS
George Marosan MD, FACS
11820 Northup WayBellevueWA98005US

George Marosan MD, FACS

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WA, 98005, US