Hysterectomy and tummy tuck together

 

I have written previously about having multiple surgeries together to save time and money (remember that you only need to go under anesthesia only once and during one session, sometimes with the help of more than one surgeon, your surgery is done in a much shorter time as compared to going separately for each procedure, and then healing is going on in parallel).  Now surgeons have concluded that combining a hysterectomy (removal of uterus) and an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is relatively safe, with no major complications.  Florida International University scholars concluded that “The results suggest that combined tummy tuck and hysterectomy is a safe and effective way to help patients attain both cosmetic and medically important outcomes in the same surgical procedure.”

Now it is to be noted that a hysterectomy is the second most (obviously childbirth is the most common) commonly performed surgery on women in the United States.  Since the most common technique to take the uterus out is through an open incision in the abdomen or through tiny incisions in the abdomen with a device called a laparoscope, it is possible to also conduct a tummy tuck at the same time.  Now, what is really interesting is that unless a cosmetic procedure is needed due to a health reason (breast reconstruction after cancer or gastric bypass surgery to help with morbid obesity) your so wonderful friends in the healthcare insurance company will not cover any elective surgery.  By combining the two, you will only need to pay for the time for a plastic surgeon to do the actual surgery and minor costs associated with the surgery but you wouldn’t have to pay for an anesthesiologist or hospital time.  This can significantly lower your cost of plastic surgery since the hysterectomy will be covered by insurance.

Of course not all such complicated surgeries are completely safe and several experts like Dr. Sherrell Aston and Dr. Angela Kerr think that they are better done separately because of the risk of complications.  “[The surgery] could be safe for some patients,” Kerr said. “But it depends on patient selection: Do the patients have other conditions like diabetes or hypertension? That may play a role in the risk of complications. And a lot depends on the expertise of the surgeons.”  I guess now that you know this, discuss it with your surgeons and follow their advice.

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