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Tummy Tuck incision re-opening with holes!!

Tummy Tuck incision re-opening with holes!!

Postby LELLIS01 » Sat May 12, 2012 11:31 am

Hello ladies, I have an issue that's kinda bothersome...I'm 3 weeks post op tummy tuck and my incision seems to be re-opening in some areas. I have 3 holes along my pubic hair line that constantly leak all day, not a little drip here and there but if I had to estimate is say about a quart it half gallon per day. The fluid is clear, light yellowish sometimes a pink tinge...the would itself doesn't hurt and I'm not showing any signs of infection, besides worrying about this I feel great. My ps Dr. Cardenas says she's seen it before and not to worry just don't let it get infected and it will heal over a fee weeks once the fluid had run its course.

I'm frustrated to say the least and am considering going to my local ER to see if they will close this thing. It's been this way for a little over a week. Anybody have any tips or suggestions or calming words or wisdom? Thanks you're help is appreciated. :)
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Re: Tummy Tuck incision re-opening with holes!!

Postby DBDiva63 » Sat May 12, 2012 7:53 pm

Hi, Sorry you're having issues. I'm also post-op Dr. Cardenas, surgery was March 8, 2012. I went through the same thing as you. I had 2 spots open up along my hip, and 2 at the pubic mound incision. I had an ETT, aggressive lipo, and fat transfer to buttocks. First I'd like to say that Dr. Cardenas is an excellent surgeon, and has given me the greatest care even since I've returned home (March 25th). She stays in contact and looks at my pics and answers all my questions.

Okay, I had a few drain issues while I was recovering at BCRH. I was severely swollen and needed daily massages to help force the fluid out. I drained for a total of 6 weeks, with closed spots re-opening due to the pressure of the fluid. I'm not just talking about the drainage holes, but new spots along the incision because the swelling was just that severe. I was on antibiotics 3x post op, and thank God all of the openings have closed up beautifully. Even the large bubble-like blisters have gone down and closed up with no need for revision. I didn't believe it would ever get any better, but it has.

Also, I, too went to the ER as a precaution and they took blood work and cultured me for infection. All negative. I was put on antibiotics as a precautionary measure. I know it seems like its taking forever, but you'll get there. Do what you think is best in regards to going to the ER or seeing your local doctor, but if you're anything like me, you'll be fine in a few weeks.

Good luck to you!!
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Re: Tummy Tuck incision re-opening with holes!!

Postby LELLIS01 » Sat May 12, 2012 8:42 pm

DBDiva63 wrote:Hi, Sorry you're having issues. I'm also post-op Dr. Cardenas, surgery was March 8, 2012. I went through the same thing as you. I had 2 spots open up along my hip, and 2 at the pubic mound incision. I had an ETT, aggressive lipo, and fat transfer to buttocks. First I'd like to say that Dr. Cardenas is an excellent surgeon, and has given me the greatest care even since I've returned home (March 25th). She stays in contact and looks at my pics and answers all my questions.

Okay, I had a few drain issues while I was recovering at BCRH. I was severely swollen and needed daily massages to help force the fluid out. I drained for a total of 6 weeks, with closed spots re-opening due to the pressure of the fluid. I'm not just talking about the drainage holes, but new spots along the incision because the swelling was just that severe. I was on antibiotics 3x post op, and thank God all of the openings have closed up beautifully. Even the large bubble-like blisters have gone down and closed up with no need for revision. I didn't believe it would ever get any better, but it has.

Also, I, too went to the ER as a precaution and they took blood work and cultured me for infection. All negative. I was put on antibiotics as a precautionary measure. I know it seems like its taking forever, but you'll get there. Do what you think is best in regards to going to the ER or seeing your local doctor, but if you're anything like me, you'll be fine in a few weeks.

Good luck to you!!






Oh wow thank you so much this is EXACTLY what I am experiencing...I too had an ett with her and I have the two holes on my hip as well I didn't mention them because I am not concerned about them. I feel so relieved as the worriation has had me pulling hair out today. Cardenas checks on me and evaluates me thru virtual check ups she truly is a great surgeon.

I've been praying so hard that these holes weren't the beginning of some necrotic plague but now I can sleep well tonight.

Did you have the fluid drained or just let it run its course? That's my biggest concern, there's plenty fluid that has accumulated in my abdomen and I'm sometimes confused as to if its swelling or fluid I tell ya this recovery it very challenging. I really would rather the fluid drains on its own. Pray for me...I'll be so glad when its over, closed and healed.
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Re: Tummy Tuck incision re-opening with holes!!

Postby LELLIS01 » Sat May 12, 2012 8:51 pm

One more question...at how many days were your drains removed? My body retains alot fluid naturally I should have been prepared for this...maybe I should take water pills? Also, did the ER insert new drains or did you just drain from the incision like I am? I was thinking the hospital might want to insert new JP tubes, I hope not.

I was wondering if this may have happened because my garment has become loose so maybe its ineffective. I'm not sure what to think I just want this to end very soon.
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Re: Tummy Tuck incision re-opening with holes!!

Postby DBDiva63 » Sun May 13, 2012 10:52 am

LELLIS01 wrote:One more question...at how many days were your drains removed? My body retains alot fluid naturally I should have been prepared for this...maybe I should take water pills? Also, did the ER insert new drains or did you just drain from the incision like I am? I was thinking the hospital might want to insert new JP tubes, I hope not.

I was wondering if this may have happened because my garment has become loose so maybe its ineffective. I'm not sure what to think I just want this to end very soon.


Happy Mother's Day!! I'm more than happy to help, I know how tough it is believe me.

I had plenty of fluid all throughout my abdomen, but I never had any removed by doctor. What I did was have my husband and daughter help me to press down on my tummy, in a rolling pin motion towards the incision openings along my pubic mound. There was no pain at all, in fact it offered a lot of relief just to have all that fluid out of me. I also had so many hard spots, it felt like I had a mountain range under my skin! It was crazy, lol. I still have some hard spots now, but most of them are along the incision at my pubic mound. It took about a full 6 weeks before I stopped draining, and I was soooo happy! I could actually smell the fluid whenever I moved and it was driving me nuts. it didn't have a bad smell, just very organic and earthy, and I just hated it! I kept kotex pads over the areas and changed them several times a day. Nothing fancy, and when the draining eased up, I used gauze pads.

Immediately after surgery, Dr. Cardenas put me in a sized medium Marena compression garment. I thought she'd lost her mind because I haven't worn a sized medium anything since grade school! It fit tight but I got use to it. She told me to go from the medium to a small when I got home. I ordered a small but I swore up and down it wouldn't fit...but it did! I'm actually wearing a small CG and sometimes I wish I'd ordered the extra small. Your swelling will go down that much. I think it's crucial for us to wear the garment because Dr. Cardenas is very aggressive with her lipo, so we might swell more than the average patient. I, too, hold water like a cactus, plus I took water pills for hypertension. My cardiologist took me off them because my blood pressure has been great since the surgery. he advised me that they wouldn't make a difference with the post-op swelling.

Wow, didn't mean to type so much but I'm trying to cover all your questions. No, the hospital didn't put any drains in, and my local surgeon didn't even suggest them. He just told me I would be swollen for a while and just to ride it out.

So, yes, I think the loose garment is your worst enemy. You need something to compress your tummy and help your tissues release the fluid. Definitely look into getting one, I'm sure it'll be a great help. And of course, everything should be run by Dr. Cardenas to see if she's in agreement. I'm pretty sure she will be because most of what I said was her advice.

Oh, and for the openings on my hips I use Neosporin 2x per day as per her instructions. They have closed up just fine!

I will continue to pray for you, and feel free to email me any time. You'll be fine before you know it :)
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BCRH May 22nd - May 31st 2013


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Re: Tummy Tuck incision re-opening with holes!!

Postby LELLIS01 » Mon May 14, 2012 6:18 am

Thank you so much for taking the time to respond and explain things for me this helps a lot. Also, I've seen your pictures and all u can say us WOW!! You look amazing diva, your transformation got me speechless!! Lol! I'm gonna pm my email address to you.
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Re: Tummy Tuck incision re-opening with holes!!

Postby cv6300 » Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:37 pm

Going through this right now and freaking out!!! I've called Dr Cardenas and waiting on a reply...I hope its normal. I have three small openings on my incision above pubic mound. Draining a little bit. No smell. But redness...
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Re: Tummy Tuck incision re-opening with holes!!

Postby Marilyn956 » Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:19 am

Cv6300*** I pm'd you. Got the same issue.
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Re: Tummy Tuck incision re-opening with holes!!

Postby Jcox » Fri Sep 07, 2012 2:22 pm

Hi there,

I am still pre-op, but I can comment on this type of issue as it happened to me during my vertical c-section. I also worked in a clinic for years and know it is VERY normal for post-ops to have drainage through the incision. We called them fluid dams, not sure if that's technical lol. Anyways, they are 'scary' in the sense that you worry a lot about them and they can become infected easily, but they usually heal with no further complications, once all of the fluid drains itself. The scar isn't that much worse, if not the same, as the rest of the scar. I can't even see mine anymore and it was a HUGE dam! It was about 2 inches long!! I had to wear my newborns diapers over my incision and change them almost hourly!!

This is not the Dra's fault, it is very common. Keep it clean, apply that polysporn and be patient!
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