Mark Tummy Tuck Forum; Tummy Tuck Message Board, Abdominoplasty Forum Five or six years ago i lost almost 200lbs over a winter through diet n exercise, a couple of years ago my mother followed in my foot steps and did about the same, now we are both looking to get tummy tucks this winter, thoughts, its expense but sadden me, still feel over weigh at times, cant take my shirt off with confidence. Tummy Tuck Forum Response – None.
The following post from our forum is from a women who needs a hernia operation and a tummy tuck. Her surgery is complicated and high risk because she smoked and recently had anesthesia from previous operations.
Date: 11/21/2011 Submitted by: RusendaNeed Hernia Repair And Tummy Tuck
I am going for a herina repair as well as a tummy tuck.I also had 2 more opperations within this year,I was told that the hernia repair n tummy tuck would be dangerous. I was also a smoker and my doctor advised me to stop so I’m on tablets that has stoped me from smoking,but I am still afraid coz I’m not sure if I’ll survive this opp because I have been smoking and my lungs are not as strong has it is suposed to be,I have 2 boys n a husband that I so dearly love I just want to get some advise on what I should do….
Date: 11/21/2011 Submitted by: Tanner
If I were you, I would get all the facts before making a decision.
You say you were told that the hernia repair operation combined with the tummy tuck surgery would be dangerous. Who told you that? Was it a doctor or just another person? Every person and all situations are different and there are varying degrees and and considerations of what is dangerous.
Since you need the hernia repair and have the history of smoking as complicating factors, I would go for another consultation with a second surgeon and even a third. See what all of them have to say about the risks and danger level.
They may tell you it’s done all the time or suggest postponing the operation until you improve your health (and lungs) with diet and exercise or have the hernia repair operation first then later having the tummy tuck operation (if it is safer to do it that way).
If the condition of your lungs are a big factor, then you may want to do everything you can to improve your lungs. Maybe daily exercises and good nutrition over time will make them stronger (ask your surgeons).
If, after you have all the facts, you find that the risks are too high and you don’t feel right about having a tummy tuck, then don’t have one. It is just a cosmetic operation compared to a needed medical surgery.
Thank you for your reply its has given me a few things to think about,it was my doc that told me that this could be a 50/50 chance kind of an operation. That is why I’m so concerned. My doctor says that because I had so many operations in such a short space of time he is worried that too much of anesthetic won’t be good for my lungs n he is worried as to whether I would be on a ventilator after the operation cause my lungs would be to weak from all the anesthetic that my body has already had .I’m so afraid cause I have to do this operation and it is not cosmetic in no way ,I wish it were the case as I then would have had a choice in the matter. This is a very difficult decision as it is imperative that I have the hernia repair or the hernia could strangulate. The tummy tuck is being done coz my skin has stretched so much that it is going to hang after the hernia repair also they have to tighten my stomach muscles as they have slackened .please help me I know that every person is different in their own way n no 2 results are the same but what we all do have in common is family n no one ever wants to lose their family. I ask of you once again to please help me find a way to face this fear n to go forward with this operation. Kind regards
Sorry, I misunderstood your situation and the urgency.
I don’t know how to advise you properly.
If you have to have the operation and cannot delay it to give your body time to heal from your previous operations, then the only thing I can think of to help ease your fears is to:
1. Verify your doctor’s prognosis is correct. See if other surgeons share his 50/50 opinion. Go to other doctors.
2. Seek out and find the best surgeon who specializes in that type of operation. Look nationally. I would travel anywhere to increase my odds. Knowing that you did your homework and found the very best surgeon and facility may give you confidence to go forward.
Side thoughts: I would ask the doctors..
– How long would it take (how many months) for your lungs to recover from the prior anesthetics before it would be “safe” for another operation.
– If there was anything you could do to postpone the operation for as long as possible (like wearing compression garments and not doing anything strenuous)
– If there was anything you could do to lessen the chances of the hernia becoming strangulated.
Sorry I can’t give you any better advice.
Thank you so much for the advise ,I will do as you say. I pray that I find the strength to go for this operation.
The following post from our forum is from a woman who has an epigasstric hernia and needs to have it surgically repaired. She is debating whether to have a tummy tuck done at the same time but is afraid of the increased risk from the combined operation.
Date: 11/25/2011 Submitted by: ManizaCombining Epigasstric Hernia Surgery With Tummy Tuck
I have epigasstric hernia and need to have it surgically repaired. I have been suggested to have a tummy tuck done at the same time but I am terrified at the prospect of two things: the 3 hour operation and the accompanying anaesthesia and the pain post the operation.
Date: 11/25/2011 Submitted by: Tanner
It sounds like “not having” the epigasstric hernia operation is not an option, and the only question is whether or not to include the tummy tuck at the same time.
Overcoming your fears from the surgery can only be accomplished by you but it helps to have the right information and to discuss the situation and your fears with your doctor.
Here are some other things to consider.
– The things that you say you are afraid of; the length of the operation, the anesthesia and the potential pain are going to be there with the hernia surgery that you must have anyway.
– The only real questions are how much will the additional tummy tuck surgery increase the risk and how badly do you want or need a tummy tuck.
– The pain that you anticipate may not be as bad as you think. Most of the people that I hear from don’t complain about the pain (which sometimes isn’t there or can be controlled by medications) but rather from the swelling and the scars. I had a combined tummy tuck and body lift and I didn’t have any pain at all. I wouldn’t worry about the pain too much. Most of the people that do complain about post surgical pain related to a tummy tuck say it’s mostly from the liposuction that they had.
– The increased length of time from the combined surgery under anesthesia may not impose that much of an increased risk as you may think (you need to ask your doctor about that) . Many people (including myself) have had combined surgical procedures with no problems at all and such operations are very common place. (Examples; tummy tuck with body lift, tummy tuck with liposuction, tummy tuck with breast lift..)
– And of course (as you probably already know) the money that you will/may save from combining the operations (with insurance likely paying for the hernia part of the operating expenses).
To ease your fears, you may want to have another meeting with your surgeon and ask the following questions.
1. How much is the risk increased by combining the two operations?
2. Is it safer to have the hernia operation now and the tummy tuck operation later? (It may actually increase the risks because you would be going through everything, including the anesthesia, twice).
If you do decide to include the tummy tuck with your hernia operation, I would suggest that you contact and coordinate with your insurance company ahead of time. There may be additional paperwork that they need from your doctor.
Reply – Dear Tanner, Thank you so much for this informed response. It is such a relief to have a real answer from someone who has undergone similar surgery. Thanks once again for taking the time!
The following post from our forum is from a man who is 70 years old and is wondering if he should get a tummy tuck.
Date: 12/04/2011 Submitted by: DarbyShould I Get A Tummy Tuck At 70 Years Old?
I had a tummy tuck 25 years ago and lipo stomach 12yrs ago. My surgeon burns to make scar tissue to keep the lipo stronger….Dr Sproule….would now like to have tummy tuck again and am a healthy 70yrs old. What do you think?
Date: 12/04/2011 Submitted by: Tanner
I don’t know what you mean by “my surgeon burns to make scar tissue to keep the lipo stronger”.
I have no opinion on whether or not you should have another tummy tuck at 70 years old. The only other instance that I know, of a person having a tummy tuck over 65 years old is the following post. 67 Year Old woman Has Pain And Swelling 2 Months After Tummy Tuck.
Sorry I can’t advise or help.
Good luck, Tanner
The following post from our forum is from a man who is looking for help in choosing a tummy tuck doctor (surgeon).
Date: 12/13/2011 Submitted by: MikellNeed Information About Tummy Tuck Doctors
I am very interested in getting a tummy tuck, i dont have much knowledge on the surgery so I am not sure of what doctors r the best, if you could help me with a list of great surgeons I would appreciate it.
Date: 12/13/2011 Submitted by: Tanner
Sorry, I can’t provide you with a list of great surgeons. It is going to take some work to find a good one in your area. All of the information and suggestions that I have to find one is on page you visited. Good luck. Tanner
Follow-up Email – R u familiar with Jonathan Saunders~im a little scared but I def want to get it done.
Response – Sorry, I am not familiar with him. Everyone who gets a tummy tuck is scared of the surgery. It just something you have to overcome. Tanner
Follow-up Email – If u don’t mind me asking r u comfortable with it and how soon after surgery were u able to go back to work~i sit @ a desk all day?
Response – No problem, My standard answer is here. Basically, if all goes well and you don’t have any complications and you heal well you could probably get by with one week off from work (plus the two weekends). I don’t know what you mean by “comfortable with it”. It’s been a few years since I had mine done, but I would guess that the answer is yes. Tanner
Doris I have a question about a pacemaker. Do you think it would be dangerous for me to have a tummy tuck? >Response – Doris, Sorry, but that’s a question to ask your doctor. Tanner
The following post from our forum is from a person who is scheduled to have a tummy tuck and is worried and afraid of the surgery.
Date: 12/21/2011 Submitted by: ImanScared And Worried About My Tummy Tuck Surgery
I’m having a tummy tuck on the 29th of this month. Is it normal to get worried and scared about the surgery? And for healthy people, is there a chance people might die during surgery? Thanks.
Date: 12/21/2011 Submitted by: Tanner
I would guess everyone gets worried and scared before their tummy tuck surgery.
Anytime you have anesthesia and surgery there are always risks, even for healthy people. But the healthier you are, usually the lower the risks.
There is always a chance of dying from surgery, that’s why people are scared, but the odds of anything bad happening are pretty low (don’t ask me
When is the last time you ever heard about anyone dying from a tummy tuck? It would make national headline news as soon as it happened as the media eats that stuff up and in the US over 100,000 tummy tucks are performed each year.
Don’t dwell on the stuff that could go wrong, just follow the doctors orders and think about what it’s going to be like after the surgery. Pass the remaining time by preparing for your recovery and shopping for new clothes.
Good luck on your surgery.
That’s a nice Christmas present to give yourself.
The following post from our forum is from a woman who is going to have a tummy tuck next month and is wondering if she is too old to have a tummy tuck. She is 51 years old.
Date: 02/10/2012 Submitted by: ColetteToo Old For A Tummy Tuck?
Hello, just a question I am going to have tummy tuck on March 16th 2012 I am very excited but at the same time a bit nerves I will be 51 on June 3rd, I feel like I’m to old for a tummy tuck Has anyone known somebody who is my age and had a tummy tuck if so is it more difficult because I am a much older woman I guess my fear is my age. I really do need this tummy tuck. Does age plays a factor in a full tummy tuck? Thank you
Date: 02/10/2012 Submitted by: Tanner
I was 54 when I had my tummy tuck (along with a body lift) and I had no problems at all.
Age may play a role in how fast you will heal and recover but is probably not as important as your health and physical condition. Since you already have your tummy tuck scheduled I would assume your surgeon doesn’t think that you are too old.
Many people have written in that have had tummy tucks and are far older than you (or I). Listed below are a few examples from the tummy tuck forum.
I wouldn’t worry too much about your age. Also, here are some statistics for 2009. They indicate that 24,177 people between the age of 51-64 had tummy tucks in 2009. That’s a lot of “old” people.
2009 Tummy Tuck statistics
•127,923 Tummy Tucks were performed in 2009
•Ages 18 and Under (.2%)
•Ages 19-34 (21%)
•Ages 35-50 (57.1%)
•Ages 51-64 (18.9%)
•Ages 65+ (2.9%)
Note – These may be bad examples for you, as these are people who had complications. People only write in when they have complications. They don’t write in when everything goes well.
Should I Get A Tummy Tuck At 70 Years Old
67 Year Old woman Has Pain And Swelling 2 Months After Tummy Tuck
The following post from our forum is from a woman who is having a hard time trying to decide if she should combine a tummy tuck surgery with a mastectomy reconstruction surgery.
Date: 02/15/2012 Submitted by: KimNervous About Having A Tummy Tuck
I am almost 1 year status post a bilateral mastectomy for breast cancer. I am getting ready for my final reconstruction surgery and I have decided to also have a tummy tuck. I was never really scared about my mastectomy. I guess it was something I knew I had to do. I am really nervous about a tummy tuck. I heal really well. My scars from my surgeries look good and as a general rule I do not swell a lot. I keep reading about all of the swelling and how long it lasts. Is this the case for most people? I could understand a few weeks to a month but longer seems odd to me. How long before I can expect to wear my pre surgery clothes? Do most of you feel it was worth the pain and swelling? I just wanted to do something for myself. I have not had a flat stomach in years. I am 45 and I have had two children. I really want to have this done, but I am afraid that I might back out and regret it later. I know if I don’t do it now (I get a discount because it is a second surgery) that I will never do it. I guess I am looking for a little cheerleading. Did any of you feel embarrassed? I worry what people will think of me spending money on such a surgery?
Date: 02/15/2012 Submitted by: Tanner
I am not sure that I get why you are nervous about the tummy tuck and not so much the mastectomy reconstruction (maybe because you went through it already and know what to expect). The unknown is always scary.
Since you have to have the one operation it would seem to be the ideal time to have the other because you’re already there and under sedation (which to some is the scariest part of the surgery).
If you haven’t done so already, ask your surgeon if combining the tummy tuck with the mastectomy increases the risks and to what extent. He/she can probably give you the most peace of mind with regard to the medical risks and ramifications.
Since the choice to have surgery has been taken out of your hands, you don’t as difficult of a decision of whether or not to have surgery, just whether you want to spend a little more money and extend the operation. Most people have to decide to choose whether or not to undergo a totally optional operation (the tummy tuck), so if anything goes wrong or they are not happy with the results there is no one else to blame but themselves.
With regard to your specific questions.
I just updated the page “Tummy Tuck Swelling” and included all the swelling related comments from patients from the tummy tuck forum. You can read those if you are really concerned with swelling, but those were written by people who were concerned with or had problems and questions with their swelling. They are probably not the norm. Most of the swelling does go away in the first three to four weeks but you should probably count on swelling for a few months. To me, swelling was no big deal. It goes away when it goes away. I can’t tell you how long before you can wear your pre-surgery clothes. Depends on your clothes and your body healing ability.
IS IT WORTH THE PAIN & SWELLING?
For most people the answer would probably be YES. For me it was, but I didn’t have any pain. The only people who would say NO would be the ones who had complications or were dissatisfied with the results of the surgery. I can’t tell you what percentage they are but I would think it would be in the minority.
If you back out, you may indeed regret it. If you have given it all the research and thought having a tummy tuck deserves and you really want it,
backing out at the last minute will probably will keep you kicking yourself in the rear for the rest of your life and second guessing yourself.
Embarrassed of having a tummy tuck or of what people think of spending so much money. NO.
And if you are embarrassed, that only lasts a second or two compared with the results of the tummy tuck that will last the rest of your life. It’s a pretty good trade off. As to spending that much money on yourself, if all goes well it’s well worth every penny and besides you shouldn’t base you decision on what other people think.
Good luck in your decision and your surgery.
Mary I had a TT, lipo, hernia removed and muscle tightened in march 5 2012. I’m 46 years old 4 children and I had the BEST surgeon in DC area Parva plastic surgery. My scar is dry, my drainage removed and very little pain. Choosing a good surgeon and having a healthy lifestyle are mayor factors. Please be very selective and DO research about your surgeon …make sure he/she are certified. Don’t try to go by how cheap they are. This is a very serious surgery and your life is in their hands. I choose TT because I wanted to feel better about myself, after 4 children and 4 miscarriages, exercise wouldn’t help. Good luck to everyone and remember to research first!