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Numb Tingly Thigh Searing Leg Pain Post Abdominoplasty/FTT

Numb Tingly Thigh Searing Leg Pain Post Abdominoplasty/FTT

Postby nomorumplytummy » Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:24 pm

Has anyone out there experienced this? Did it go away? I'm scared and very worried this is permanent...

Please know in my research that this can happen during abdominal surgeries because of the length of time you are under and the position that your legs/hips are strapped in often compresses the nerve and causes permanent damage, like Meralgia Paresthetica or femoral nerve damage.

I am 6 days post op from a FTT with lipo to the hips and flanks and immediately following surgery noticed a searing pain that shot down my thigh after trying to rise from using the restroom for the first time.

Since then the top and side of my right thigh is numb and tingly and I have had episodes of a burning, shooting, searing pain that radiates from my hip to my thigh and a few times past my knee.

I am worried that I may have permanent nerve damage. My PS who I've been extremely happy with thinks it is temporary (although he's only had a handful of patients experience this) and that a stitch is aggravating the nerve. He has already removed 3 internal stitches which seemed to help the top of my thigh but not the side and hip.

He is advising me to wait 2 weeks to see if the pain/numbness goes away and if it does not will remove additional stitches.

I am trying to be hopeful but it is difficult. I had no idea that this was a potential complication of abdominoplasty and that it is not as rare as some people might think. With our desire for the scar to be low the risk increases for this femoral nerve damage.

While I am pleased with the results I don't believe it is worth permanent nerve damage which can potentially affect my mobility and ultimately quality of life as a mother and wife.

On a side note I also have fibromyalgia and exercising is the one constant that helps to keep flareups at bay. Daily exercise and stretching is an absolute must for me and now I am worried that this nerve damage may even affect my ability to do that...

If anyone out there has experienced the above, please reach out to me. I am interested to see what therapy and alternatives are out there and if in fact it really did resolve on it's ow--and if so, how long it took.

I am not terribly excited about my PS reincising my scar and probing around to find the nerve pain so he can remove additional stitches but if it resolves the problem, I guess it will be worth it...I just hope no additional nerves are damaged or injured in the process!!

Look forward to any and all replies!
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Postby SanyBelle » Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:42 pm

Hi there, I had some pretty horrible nerve pain when I had my TT scar revised along with fixing an inguinal hernia last month. It did go away after a few days, I too would not have been able to deal with this pain long term. I hope your pain gets resolved. [-o<

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Postby KayPT » Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:49 pm

My ps told me that this does occur with some women but that it resolves itself. Hope you feel better soon.
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Postby myturn07 » Sat Jul 18, 2009 3:08 pm

I cannot imagine how nerve racking this must be (pardon the pun)

I never experienced this so I have no direct advise. The only advise I can offer is to be patient, you are only 6 days post op and there are so many changes yet to come.

I hope you get relief soon, hang in there and be good to yourself!
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Thank you so much for your kind words and support...

Postby nomorumplytummy » Sat Jul 18, 2009 3:26 pm

since I am new to this, I hope this gets to you. I really appreciate your taking the time to help make me feel better!

I will continue to post updates as my surgery was only 6 days ago :)

Will think positive thoughts and pray that it does resolve on it's own.

It's weird to think presurgery I was so focused on the recovery phase and how much pain I'd be in, not on potential complications.

Were it not for this, the entire surgery would have been a piece of cake :)
Thank you again ladies, hope this reply finds you doing well!
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Postby nightpearl » Sat Jul 18, 2009 3:27 pm

I had similar pain. My thighs would feel numb to the touch but I could feel a tingling burning sensation. It will gradually go away after a few days. After that however, you may experience some itching that you can't scratch because the area feels numb at the same time. I still get this once i a while. I put the extra strength cortisone cream on it and it helps. I also used it on my incision area once it was closed up.

I also had lipo on my lower back and I still get the tingling once in a while, mostly at night though.
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Postby carcam51 » Sun Jul 19, 2009 2:42 pm

I don't have the burning or any pain, but I do have numbness of the top left thigh/hip area. Now it is not the entire thigh, but I would estimate a good four inches below my scar that is numb. I'm going see my PS tomorrow for my 6 week check up and plan to ask about this. I never had any shooting pain, but I have had the numbness since day one. I'll let you know what I learn.
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Postby AnnieBeansprout » Sun Jul 19, 2009 2:43 pm

carcam51 wrote:I don't have the burning or any pain, but I do have numbness of the top left thigh/hip area. Now it is not the entire thigh, but I would estimate a good four inches below my scar that is numb. I'm going see my PS tomorrow for my 6 week check up and plan to ask about this. I never had any shooting pain, but I have had the numbness since day one. I'll let you know what I learn.


It is very normal to have numbness all around lipo areas. Mine still are. No worries on that.
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Postby carcam51 » Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:50 pm

AnnieBeansprout wrote:
carcam51 wrote:I don't have the burning or any pain, but I do have numbness of the top left thigh/hip area. Now it is not the entire thigh, but I would estimate a good four inches below my scar that is numb. I'm going see my PS tomorrow for my 6 week check up and plan to ask about this. I never had any shooting pain, but I have had the numbness since day one. I'll let you know what I learn.


It is very normal to have numbness all around lipo areas. Mine still are. No worries on that.


Yeah, but I didn't have any lipo.....just the TT. I figured it was pretty normal, but I'm still going to talk to PS about it.
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Postby SanyBelle » Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:52 pm

Yeah, but I didn't have any lipo.....just the TT. I figured it was pretty normal, but I'm still going to talk to PS about it.

Let me know what your doc says, carcam... I didn't have lipo either time and my thighs are still numb....

I'm glad the shooting nerve pain went away... :shock:
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Thanks to all for your replies. Carcam51 and SanyBelle...

Postby nomorumplytummy » Sun Jul 19, 2009 5:34 pm

Thanks to all for your replies.

Carcam51 and SanyBelle,

Yes, please speak with your PSs, particularly if you didn't have lipo as you may have a nerve that has been entrapped by a suture and is causing the numbness. The number one sign of nerve damage, compression or injury is numbness or loss of sensation. From there it could potentially lead to other complications down the road like the searing pain and eventually loss of movement.

After further reseraching there are a couple of tests you can take to confirm nerve damage and also determine the extent and sometimes exact location. One is a Nerve Conduction Velocity test. This test establishes a numeric value of how compessed your nerve is and often where.

The other test is Electromyography Nerve Conduction study. This measures your muscles electrical activity.

Again, it will likely go away but if you search online and you have to go deep there are several patients who had abdominal surgeries and hysterectomies where the numbess did not go away and worsened into excruciating pain where they live on prescription meds and are in too much pain to move.

If it is a simple matter of a stitch you may want to get it taken care of now while you are still recovering. I am glad my PS is willing to admit that this is a possibility and is doing what is necessary to take care of it now versus just saying it will eventually go away when it very possibly may not!!

Best of luck to you both, please let me know what your PS says at your next visit.

Wishing you all a speedy and easy recovery wink:
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Postby SanyBelle » Sun Jul 19, 2009 8:39 pm

hi nomore.... my nerve pain was from a hernia fix and it only lasted a few days! Yah!!! Pain is gone, just some numbness remains. :)
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Postby tawnie65 » Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:08 pm

I still have numbness and tingling sensation down my legs. I spoke to my p.s. and he stated that it is normal. You can be numb up to one year or more. The other day I was walking up a hill and lost sensation in my left leg. When I sat down, it came back. Scary for me. Hope he was rigtht!
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Postby carcam51 » Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:32 am

My PS also stated that feeling may not return for a year, but I was under the impression he was talking about the feeling in my tummy not my thigh. I never even considered my thigh going numb from this sx, but obviously it's apparent it can happen. Like I said, I never had any pain, just numbness, which I will ask him about this morning and will report back to you ladies.
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Postby carcam51 » Mon Jul 20, 2009 7:25 am

Okay girls...I'm back from the PS and tells me the numbness in my thigh is normal and will take time, like the rest of my belly numbness to go away. Again, he states up to a year for it to resolve itself. I'll just be sure to keep an eye on it.
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