Northwest Face & Body

5 Rehabilitation Techniques for Horrible Back Pain After Tummy Tuck Surgery

Dr. Ludwig Allegra

February 14, 2024
Mommy Makeover

A possible side effect of tummy tuck surgery that patients do not expect is back pain. Tummy tuck surgeries can cause back pain because the tightening of the abdominal skin can pull or force the back into a more strenuous position. Additionally, correcting the muscles, wearing a compression garment, and not having good posture can all contribute to back pain after an abdominoplasty. Here five rehabilitation techniques for back pain after a tummy tuck.

1: Massages

Dr. Allegra often advises his patients to undergo certain forms of medical massage after a tummy tuck. One offered in the office is ultrasound lymphatic massage. This massage can help reduce swelling and discomfort associated with normal post-surgery processes. In some cases, Dr. Allegra may okay other massages later on during recovery. Massages can help promote blood flow to the area, ease muscle tension, and generally aid in the relief of pain.

2: Light Stretching

Light stretching can help relax tense muscles that may be causing back pain after a tummy tuck. With that said, do this carefully and discuss what you want to do with Dr. Allegra before doing it. At the right point during recovery, some light stretching exercises can help relieve back pain. You may consider working with a physical therapist experienced in treating patients post tummy tuck.

3: Keep The Right Posture

After a tummy tuck, patients must maintain the right posture to prevent strain on their incision. This hunched over position can cause back pain, but patients can help prevent this by using a walker for stability and keeping the back straight. Additionally, when resting, make sure to remain propped up. The use of a recliner and plenty of pillows can help patients keep the optimal posture.

4: Acupuncture

For patients who already undergo acupuncture, they may not be surprised that acupuncture can help relieve back pain after a tummy tuck. While it is best used in conjunction with other treatments or medications, acupuncture is a great rehabilitation tool for patients experiencing back pain after tummy tuck surgery. This should not begin until patients have adequately healed in order to lay on their stomach or side for a short time.

5: Get Out Of Bed

This may seem like counterintuitive advice, but much like before surgery, too much inactivity can cause back pain. Make sure you walk—even just from room to room to perform your necessary tasks—because this can help reduce stress due to inactivity. It also can help patients more evenly use their stomach and back muscles—another possible cause of back pain.


If you experience major back pain after a tummy tuck., make sure to keep Dr. Allegra informed. As an experienced cosmetic surgeon, he has seen patients experience many less common side effects. He will help you find the right treatment protocol for your back pain post-tummy tuck.

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Dr. Ludwig Allegra

Dr. Ludwig Allegra has provided Bellevue, Kirkland, and the surrounding areas with premier plastic surgery procedures for over two decades.