Dear Dr. Rosenberg,
Thank you for your time! I am writing because I had a full tummy tuck/belt lipectomy about 9 months ago. This was due to a huge weight loss (after finally being able to diet/exercise after years of inacitivity d/t a long-standing illness.) I also had a breast reduction. I had a qualified surgeon who did a good job and my scars and new body look great.
I am realizing though that the continued numbness and odd "pulling" and "tight" sensations around the scars of the belt-lipectomy are par for the course, and it is unclear how much more normal they will get in terms of sensation. I do not feel any pain but it is "weird" and uncomfortable, kind of like wearing a too tight pair of pants. My surgeon said it "should" get better and not to worry about it. The problem is it is getting me depressed because I am told it could take years for the nerves to regenerate, or it may not get better. I have started acupuncture/cold lasers with some acupuncturists in Boston who specialize in this but what else can I do? Would a TENS help? I don't want to waste money on useless remedies but I am feeling upset. I guess I was somewhat naiive going into it. I also know that some people are bothered by these consequences more than others. I am one of those neurotics I guess!
In your experience might this improve? What can I do? (Luckily my breasts feel completely normal now.)
Thanks very much!