Can a Tummy Tuck Reduce Back Pain?
The tummy tuck procedure, or abdominoplasty, offers a variety of cosmetic and functional benefits for patients. Most patients who choose abdominoplasty want to remove the loose, excess skin and flatten the bulging stomach appearance after pregnancy or major weight loss. Repair of overstretched or split abdominal muscles (think sit-up muscles!) is a key element of getting the leanest look out of your abdominoplasty. And in addition to getting a flatter, more toned-looking stomach area, a tummy tuck improves your core strength (with muscle repair) and that additional benefit has the potential to relieve lower back pain.
A small internal study of tummy tuck patients a few years ago asked patients if their tummy tuck improved their low back pain. An amazing 80% said yes! Some of those who had improvement were unaware that their low back pain was abnormal and were surprised when they had relief of their back pain.
Low back pain can become a chronic problem following pregnancy or significant weight loss, even with diligent abdominal exercise and restoration of muscle tone. The muscles may never return to their proper size and shape which leaves you with poor core strength and lack of low back protection.
Muscle repair in tummy tuck fortunately can restore core strength for most patients. And the strength of those muscles can even be developed beyond pre-surgery levels with additional added protection for the low back. That spells additional relief for many patients. The removal of excess overhanging skin flaps that pull the body forward can also reduce strain and improve posture.
From a leaner, more contoured figure to improving chronic back pain, the tummy tuck procedure can help the right patient look and feel their best. If you struggle with back issues and are curious if a tummy tuck may help you get relief, please contact the Herte Center for Cosmetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Mary C. Herte.