There was recently a new study presented that showed that a hysterectomy and a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) could safely be performed together. A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a woman’s uterus. This can be performed for cancer, uterine fibroids (benign tumors in the uterus), endometriosis, or abnormal or heavy bleeding. A hysterectomy can be performed open (abdominal), laparoscopically (abdominal with use of a camera), or transvaginal (through the vagina). With any of these techniques, an abdominoplasty can be performed during the same operation. An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is performed to remove excess fat and skin from the lower abdomen, giving a smooth abdominal contour. The incision for the tummy tuck can be used as the access for the open abdominal hysterectomy, so there is no additional scar for the hysterectomy and only the scar for the tummy tuck.
Possible risks of a combination procedure include the risks of either one of the operations separately. The risk of bleeding during a hysterectomy can be moderately high if it is being performed for a very large tumor or fibroid. In these cases, it would be better not to perform the abdominoplasty at the same time, due to the risk of blood loss, need for a possible blood transfusion, and the longer operation. However, for an elective relatively straightforward hysterectomy, it would be safe to add about two hours onto the operation to perform an abdominoplasty. The benefit of combining the two surgeries is less overall anesthesia, one operation instead of two, and reduced overall healing time.
Actual Patient after Hysterectomy and Tummy Tuck in Connecticut
If you are undergoing an Ob-Gyn procedure and are interested in a tummy tuck at the same time, contact our Fairfield County plastic surgery office to set up a consultation. Call us at (203) 374-0310. Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shareef Jandali will guide you through the process and discuss the benefits and risks of a combined surgery.