Pregnant women with excess belly fat and skin caused by excessive pregnancy weight gain, prior weight loss surgery, or other reasons may wish to have a tummy tuck with a Cesarean section when it is time to deliver their child. While this may seem like a good option, most experienced, reputable doctors agree it is not a wise choice.
Tummy Tuck after C-Section Procedure
Both a tummy tuck and a Cesarean section are major surgical procedures that require significant healing time. A C-section is performed to deliver a baby. During the C-section procedure, an incision is made in the abdomen to reveal the uterus. Another incision is made in the uterus, amniotic fluid is suctioned out, and the baby is removed. For a tummy tuck procedure, surgeons make a large incision (usually hip to hip), and remove excess belly fat and skin through the incision. Temporary drainage tubes are often placed in the abdomen after a tummy tuck.
C-Section Tummy Tuck Risks
While there may be advantages to having a tummy tuck with a C-section like immediate weight loss, and having surgery only once, combining two major surgeries greatly increases the chance of complications. One concern is that due to the abdominal area being swollen and stretched after pregnancy, surgeons cannot accurately tell how much excess skin and fat to remove. Having two major procedures performed at once greatly increases the chance of developing a dangerous infection, excessive bleeding, and blood clots. There is also the new baby to consider. A longer and more painful recovery will make it difficult for the patient to care for her newborn.
How much does C-Section with Tummy Tuck Cost
It may seem that having two surgeries at once saves money in the long run, but this is not usually the case. First and foremost, a tummy tuck and a C-section are not traditionally performed by the same type of surgeon. Tummy tucks should only be performed by qualified plastic surgeons, while C-sections are performed by obstetricians. As a result, there is no cost savings in regards to surgeon’s fees. Due to increased operating, recovery, and hospital room time, hospital fees will most likely be higher. In addition, there is a high risk of major, costly complications.
Recovery after C-Section Plus Tummy Tuck
If a woman decides to move forward with a tummy tuck with C-section, she can expect a slow, painful recovery. Hospital recovery time may be longer due to additional anesthesia and pain levels. After a tummy tuck, patients often come home with drainage tubes in their abdomen that will need to be drained regularly. Patients will be unable to lift heavy items or exercise intensely for several weeks. This limitation may be difficult when dealing with a new baby. After any major surgery, patients need a lot of rest, and having a new baby makes resting challenging.
Women are often very anxious about losing post-pregnancy weight. This makes having a tummy tuck with a C-section seem very desirable. However, to avoid costly complications, and make sure they have adequate time to bond with their newborns, women may wish to wait and not have a tummy tuck until they have completely healed from their C-section surgery.