A 40-year-old female asked:
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 answered
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
No: No tummy tuck incisions are anywhere near your vagus nerve.
Answered on Sep 11, 2013
Dr. David Earle answered
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
Dr. David Rosenfeld answered
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
Dr. Martin BLACK answered
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
Dr. Tom Pousti answered
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
No : The biggest nerve is not potentially injured during tummy tuck surgery.
Answered on Jun 28, 2016
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