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Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck/ hysterectomy

Dayna R orange, TX
5 months ago

I’m having a TT and a hysterectomy next Friday. Is the hysterectomy performed Lipo scopic through the muscle after my cut is made? Surely it’s no need to cut my muscle right? I forgot to ask this question the other day.


Rahul Vemula, MD Wall Township, NJ
5 months ago

Thank you for this question. There are many ways that hysterectomies are performed. You would need to ask your gynecologist the way the hysterectomy is being performed. Regardless of the way your hysterectomy is performed the tummy tuck can still be performed.

Hi Dayna. Please give your surgeon a call to ask this question. Sometimes the hysterectomy is done laparoscopically and then the tummy tuck follows. There would not an incision into the abdominal wall. Sometimes the hysterectomy is done "open", by making an incision through the abdominal wall, then this is closed and repaired followed by the tummy tuck. The open or laparoscopic approach to the tummy tuck will be decided by the gynecologist and may depend on their preference, the size of the uterus, or the reason the hysterectomy is being done. Best wishes to you.

Nelson Castillo, MD Atlanta, GA
5 months ago

If performed laparoscopically the muscles of the abdominal wall are not cut, but I would discuss the specifics of your case with your surgeon in order to get the best answer!

Tracy McCall, MD Waukesha, WI
5 months ago

It could be either way. The hysterectomy can be performed laparoscopically or trans vaginally. It could also be performed through an open approach, which could be through the tissues between the muscles. Now for further confusion, sometimes you change the approach during surgery. There may be something they find that makes one way not work well and your surgeon would then make the decision to change to a different way that would be better for you. Your surgeons will work together to pick the way that would be best for you.

This is a question to ask your surgeons--the people who actually have examined you and will be doing the procedure. However, I want you to know that all these approaches work and get the job done. Be sure to follow your surgeons' instructions after surgery.




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