Your hysterectomy and tummy tuck — two very different surgeries — can be performed at the same time, but it’s not always the best solution.
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of a your uterus through an incision in the lower abdomen. The uterus — also known as the womb — is where a baby grows while you are pregnant. A hysterectomy may be performed for many reasons, including; cancer of the uterus or cervix, endometriosis — uterine cells are growing in other areas of the body, abnormal vaginal bleeding, fibroids — benign tumors in the uterus, or chronic pelvic pain.
A tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, is cosmetic surgery performed to remove excess fat and excess skin from the lower abdominal area for a slimmer waist line and better contour.
What are The Risks involved with having a hysterectomy and tummy tuck surgery at the same time?
It sounds like a great idea to get both surgeries done in one visit however there are significant risks associated with this.
- The length of your operation: Multiple surgeries means extended time under general anesthesia. The longer a patient is under, the greater the risks of cardiovascular complications.
- Infection risks: A hysterectomy is an operation that enters a body cavity, this in general, creates a higher risk of complications including infection.
- Post-operative pain: Your body will have to heal from two surgeries so your pain levels may be higher.
- Recovery time: You may need to take more time off work.
Hysterectomy Surgery is performed in the Hospital, Tummy Tuck Surgery usually takes place in a Cosmetic Clinic
There are also logistical issues that arise. A hysterectomy is an insured procedure that is performed in the hospital while tummy tuck surgery is a cosmetic procedure that usually takes place in a private clinic. Performing tummy tuck surgery in the hospital can be complicated.
Longer Wait Times
The ability to coordinate schedules between the gynecologist and the plastic surgeon is sometimes quite difficult so there may be a longer wait time to get your surgery booked.
Every patient’s situation is unique. At the time of your consultation, Dr. Islur will determine whether your hysterectomy and tummy tuck surgery can be performed at the same time.
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