A 40-year-old female asked:
Disclaimer

can a tummy tuck damage the vagus nerve? and is vagus nerve damage repairable? temporary? permanent? how is it diagnosed?

6 doctor answers
Dr. Barry Cohen
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
No: No tummy tuck incisions are anywhere near your vagus nerve.
Answered on Sep 11, 2013
1
1 thank
Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
No: The vagus nerves travel along the esophagus and onto the stomach, deep within the chest and abdominal cavities. A tummy tuck involves the superficial skin and tissue under the skin, outside the abdominal cavity. No chance for injury to the vagus nerve during tummy tuck.
Answered on Feb 16, 2020
3
3 thanks
Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience Pain Management
No: I can't imagine how the vagus nerve could be damaged by a tummy tuck.
Answered on Sep 29, 2019
1
1 thank
Dr. Martin BLACK
59 years experience Hepatology
Thanks for asking!: Damage to vagus nurve during 'tummy tuck surgery must be very uncommon but is likely to be reversible. Could be diagnosed after complaints of change in voice.
Answered on Jul 10, 2015
4
4 thanks
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
No : The biggest nerve is not potentially injured during tummy tuck surgery.
Answered on Jun 28, 2016
2
2 thanks
Dr. Francisco Agullo
19 years experience Plastic Surgery
No: The vagus nerve can't be damage during a tummy tuck.
Answered on Oct 16, 2016
1
1 thank

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gerard Honore
28 years experience Fertility Medicine
Possible: It's definitely possible to have tubal reversal with a hernia repair together: depending on how big/complicated the hernia is your tubal surgeon may b ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Suman Das
Dr. Suman Das answered
53 years experience Plastic Surgery
NO: Medicaid does not pay for procedures which are not neccessary for medical reason.Usually tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francisco Agullo
19 years experience Plastic Surgery
Safe procedure: A tummy tuck is generally considered a safe procedure in a healthy patient. Complications include bleeding, infection, bruising, swelling, and delayed ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Tuma
Dr. Gary Tuma answered
24 years experience Plastic Surgery
Pain: The operation is uncomfortable but most surgeries are. The operation wll remove stretcatks that are below the belly button. Not all the stretch marks ... Read More
2
2 thanks

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month