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Symptoms of Torn Internal Stitches After Tummy Tuck

While complications are rare, one potential issue that may arise following a tummy tuck is torn internal stitches. It is essential to be aware of the symptoms of torn internal stitches after a tummy tuck to ensure prompt medical attention and prevent further complications.

1. Sudden, severe pain: If you experience a sudden, sharp pain in your abdominal area, especially during movement or physical activity, it may indicate that your internal stitches have torn.

2. Swelling or bulging: Torn internal stitches can cause localized swelling or a noticeable bulge in the affected area. This may be more apparent when standing upright or engaging in physical activity.

3. Bruising: In some cases, torn internal stitches can cause bruising around the surgical site. This may be accompanied by tenderness or discomfort in the area.

4. Sensation of a "pop" or "tearing": Some patients report feeling a popping or tearing sensation at the moment the internal stitches give way. This sensation may be followed by pain and swelling.

5. Fever or signs of infection: If torn internal stitches are left untreated, they may lead to an infection. Symptoms of infection include fever, redness, warmth, and discharge from the surgical site.

If you suspect that your internal stitches have torn after a tummy tuck, it is crucial to contact Dr. Kesarwani immediately.

To minimize the risk of torn internal stitches, following Dr. Kesarwani's post-operative instructions is essential. This may include avoiding strenuous activities, wearing a compression garment, and attending all follow-up appointments.