Combining a Tummy Tuck with a Hysterectomy…how safe is it?
A recent paper from Florida International University suggests that combining two very different surgeries, a hysterectomy and a tummy tuck, is relatively safe – no major complications were reported in 65 women who have had both procedures at the same time. However, there was a rate of minor complications of 32%. Published papers report a minor complication rate of hysterectomy to be between 30 and 50 %, therefore suggesting that the combination of hysterectomy with a tummy tuck does not increase the rate of complications.
This is in line with my experience over ten years of clinical experience in performing these combined procedures – it has never been the case that there are increased complication rates in combining the treatments compared to the individual treatments.
There are many reasons why it makes sense to carry out the tummy tuck at the same time as the hysterectomy, as long as the patient is suitable for these combined procedures – it can reduce the overall healing time, decrease the time spent in hospital and decrease the risks associated with anaesthesia. It can allow the patient, for whom a hysterectomy is often emotionally draining, to have a tummy tuck procedure that can boost confidence and aesthetic appearance, with only one time of recuperation.