Q&A: OPEN WOUND AFTER TUMMY TUCK?

"5 weeks post op and my incision has opened up and re-stitched 4 times now. 3 times in clinic and once again under general anesthetic and again it has opened. I do no not smoke and and am 26 and healthy. I am in weekly contact with my surgeon and he wants to stitch all the time that is so painful. I currently have nylon stitches in that seem to be tearing through my skin, I’m guessing there is to much tension. I have 2 year old twins and need to know what is my best option for healing ASAP."

 

DR. POUSTI: Open Wound after Tummy Tuck?

Sorry to hear/see about the complication you have experienced after tummy tuck surgery. These types of wound healing problems are not uncommon. I would suggest local wound care with dressing changes ( under the guidance of your plastic surgeon) and avoidance of any further suturing. You will find that with dressing changes, the wound should close over the next few weeks. Sometimes, in the long-term, scar revision surgery may be helpful/beneficial.

Best wishes.

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