American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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5 years ago

Digestive enzyme and probiotic supplements and tummy tuck

I have a tummy tuck scheduled in two weeks, and I was wondering if it’d be alright to keep taking digestive enzyme and probiotic supplements?

Procedure: Tummy Tuck
Location: toronto, ON - Canada

Replies 4

Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon

I wouldn’t have a problem with continuing probiotics before surgery. However, there are some supplements that can increase bleeding, bruising, and swelling. Best bet would be to call your surgeon’s office and tell the doctor (or his nurse) exactly what the ingredients are and get their advice. You certainly wouldn’t want to go ahead and take something and then have your surgery cancelled because of it! Your surgeon will want to do what’s safest for you so heed his or her advice!

Trent Douglas
ASPS Surgeon
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Thanks for your question and doing your homework with ASPS member surgeons. Prior to surgery it is important to review all of your medications and over the counter supplements with your surgeon and his/her staff. There are ingredients in some products that may predispose you to bleeding or other medication interactions. Safety is the top priority! Best wishes on a great result and speedy recovery.

Jon Ver Halen

Dear Chiyohime,

Hello and thank you for your excellent question. I do not see any issues with taking a digestive enzyme and probiotic, but it is always best to check directly with your operating surgeon. If you have any questions, call our office for assistance. Good luck!

Susan Buenaventura
ASPS Surgeon
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I would continue the probiotics it will be helpful while you are on antibiotics. I would stop the enzyme no restart after surgery. Make sure to let your surgeon know bout these medications and best wishes,


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