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Reader Question: Did I Hurt My Tummy Tuck?

Posted Aug 12 2009 12:00am

Reader Question:

A few months ago I had a tummy tuck and right after I had the stomach flu and was throwing up for a few days. Now I am afraid I hurt something. How do I know if I screwed something up?

Vomiting involves muscular movement of just about the entire abdominal muscular group, an area in which sutures are usually placed during tummy tuck surgery in the “muscular repair.” It is possible you could disrupt this repair by vomiting shortly after a tummy tuck operation. It can be hard to tell from the outside though.

With this being said, I have not seen a definitive disruption of the muscular repair even when patients had problems with vomiting shortly after the surgery. Have your doctor follow you along of course, but you probably OK.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD


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