Occasionally after determining that a patient needs to have a hysterectomy, she will ask if a tummy tuck operation can be performed at the same time. Perhaps she's been planning the tummy tuck anyway, it's always been a thought in the back of her mind, or she believes that it's a good opportunity to tighten her lower abdominal area. The short answer is a study has shown that a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, and a hysterectomy can be performed at the same time; however, you should be aware of some considerations.
First, you should understand both procedures. During a hysterectomy, Dr. Jenkins of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine surgically removes a woman's uterus, the part of the body where a baby grows during pregnancy. Hysterectomies are needed when a patient has abnormal bleeding, pain in the pelvic region, endometriosis, cancer, or uterine fibroids. The abdominal hysterectomy is the most common form of the procedure; however, the uterus can also be removed with laparoscopic surgery or through the vagina. The recovery time for an abdominal hysterectomy is much longer than that of less invasive procedures and typically leaves a scar that is several inches in length.
A tummy tuck is a completely different surgical procedure and would require a plastic surgeon. During a tummy tuck, fat and excess skin are removed from the lower abdomen area. While it is not a substitute for healthy weight loss, it is helpful in removing loose skin and tissue.
Performing the surgeries at the same time could reduce overall time spent in the hospital, recovery time, and the risks associated with being put under general anesthesia since patients will only undergo one surgery. It could also save money. There are risks however. The study from 2012 found that 32% of the 65 women involved in the study had complications.
While the surgery could be safe for some women, it might not be safe for others. If you need to have a hysterectomy and are also considering a tummy tuck, talk to Dr. Jenkins. He will carefully study your medical records, consult with your plastic surgeon, and determine if having both procedures performed at the same time would be safe. Your health is our most important consideration.
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