The idea of combining hysterectomy and tummy tuck in Atlanta seems almost natural. Having the two procedures done at the same time means cutting everything in half.
The woman only has to go under anesthesia once and only has to go through recovery once. An added benefit for some women may be that having tummy tucks with their hysterectomies may reduce the financial burden of that procedure. Coming out of the recovery room with a flatter stomach can provide a little mental relief as well.
Hysterectomy is a very common operation defined as the surgical removal of the uterus (womb). This operation is commonly conducted in women to cure and alleviate a number of gynecological complaints. The fallopian tubes and ovaries may also be removed at the time of hysterectomy.
Major reasons for hysterectomy include:
- Removal of uterine fibroids along the muscle of the uterus
- Uterine prolapse
- Cancers affecting the pelvic organs
- Chronic pelvic pain and/or chronic pelvic inflammatory disease
- Heavy bleeding during or between periods
Today, more and more women are taking the opportunity to have tummy tuck during their hysterectomy. Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, removes excessive abdominal fat and skin from the middle and lower abdomen. Mini tummy tuck removes this excessive skin and fat from the lower abdomen only. Dr. Stanley Okoro is an expert in combining hysterectomy and tummy tuck. He will work with your Gynecologist to give you the best cosmetic outcome.
WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES FOR COMBINING A TUMMY TUCK (ABDOMINOPLASTY) WITH A HYSTERECTOMY?
First, and most importantly, a woman must receive the absolute approval and cooperation of the gynecologist performing her hysterectomy. Although most doctors will not dispute that the two can be done at the same time, there are some additional risks. If your gynecologist does not like the idea of combine operations, you may want to get a second opinion. Remember, the tummy tuck is definitely the secondary operation and should in no way interfere with the primary procedure. In some cases, getting the doctor doing the hysterectomy to go along with the doctor doing the tummy tuck will be no problem at all. In order to have the patient under anesthesia for the shortest time possible, the two doctors will work in unison. The work of the gynecologist will, of course, take precedence over that of the plastic surgeon.
Secondly, a woman undergoing both procedures at once will want to consult with her insurance carrier. Tummy tucks are rarely, if ever, covered by insurance. Even though many of the costs may be rolled in with the costs of the hysterectomy, it is imperative that the insurance carrier be informed ahead of time.
All in all, a woman facing a hysterectomy who would like to have a tummy tuck at the same time might actually be able to do so. Coordinating the two procedures will take some effort. Recuperation may be somewhat harder. Still, for some the benefits of having a tummy tucks at the same time as their hysterectomies may outweigh the disadvantages.
Finally, consult with Dr. Okoro, a board certified Plastic Surgeon. He is very experienced in combining hysterectomy and tummy tuck. He can actually help you coordinate your surgery with the Gynecologist.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is it safe?
The safety of a combining hysterectomy followed by a Tummy Tuck is dependent on your general health. Longer times under anesthesia do increase risks. A tummy tuck and hysterectomy for most patients and surgeons should be around 4-6 hours and is relatively safe.
Can my Gynecologist do the tummy tuck?
This is like asking, can your plastic surgeon perform the hysterectomy? Plastic surgeons are especially trained to perform cosmetic surgery such as tummy tuck. Your gynecologist are especially trained to perform gynecologic surgery. Most hospitals will not allow a gynecologist to perform tummy tuck. Moreover, it is better to have the two experts concentrate on you while undergoing surgery. Two heads are better than one.
Does it cost more?
As long as your surgeons work together, combined procedures make sense from a financial standpoint as well as the recovery aspect. Having the two procedures done at the same time means cutting everything in half. Your insurance company should pay part of the cost of surgery and hospitalization associated with hysterectomy. The combination will come with the big bonus of a single recovery and down time.
HOW MUCH DOES TUMMY TUCK COST?
The cost of tummy tuck varies based on the extent of your surgery and the cost of any additional surgery. To make surgery affordable for you, we offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask. The cost of tummy tuck is from $4500. This will vary from surgeon to surgeon. The cost may include the following:
- Surgeon’s fee
- Hospital or surgical facility costs
- Anesthesia fees
- Post-surgery garments
Most health insurance plans will not cover cosmetic tummy tuck surgery, related complications, or another surgery to revise the appearance of your body. However, most insurance will cover panniculectomy surgery due to medical condition. Panniculectomy and tummy tuck surgery are different types of surgery. Please review your health insurance policy.
YOUR SATISFACTION INVOLVES MORE THAN A FEE
When choosing a plastic surgeon for tummy tuck, remember that the surgeon’s experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery. Dr Okoro takes his time to understand your goals and desire for the best long term outcome. Your safety and satisfaction are very important to him.
Top Tummy tuck Doctor 2010When you want to combine hysterectomy & tummy tuck, Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery is the smart choice. For more information about tummy tuck surgery or to schedule a confidential consultation at our plastic surgery practice, call us or email us today!
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