Although most people think of tummy tuck procedures as purely cosmetic, you may be surprised to know that there are several important medical benefits associated with tummy tuck surgery.
Tummy Tuck Benefit: Improved Posture
That's right. A tummy tuck procedure often improves the posture of patients. Although this sounds like a simple and perhaps innocuous advantage, a strong posture is critical in maintaining our health and balance as we age. During the tummy tuck procedure, we tighten the stomach muscles that support the spine. This helps prevent lordosis, or "sway back", and protects you from back and neck pain as you age.
Tummy Tuck Benefit: Prevent Hernia's
A hernia occurs anytime one of our organ's pushes through the wall or cavity in which it is supposed to be contained. One of the most common hernia's that occur as we age is a ventral hernia - which is when your intestine breaks through your abdominal wall. This happens because our stomachs tend to have the "weakest" walls in our bodies. Stomachs are naturally designed to expand and contract for food consumption and energy storage, unlike other parts of our bodies that are more static. In women, childbirth would be impossible without this ability to expand and contract.
This makes our stomach lining a prime target for painful, risky hernia's. Hernia repair surgery simply "patches up" the hole, but doesn't solve the underlying problem associated with the weak abdominal wall. This means the likelihood of another hernia quite high. Thus, tummy tuck surgery is often used to actually correct the weak abdominal muscles and protect you from these painful intrusions.
Tummy Tuck Benefit: Resolve Urinary Incontinence Caused by Natural Childbirth
Urinary incontinence after vaginal childbirth is unfortunately more common than anyone would like - affecting nearly 33% of all women and nearly twice that number for women with vaginal delivery. Incontinence can be not only embarrassing, but sometimes hard to resolve with medication alone. Uncontrolled bladder leakage can be brought on by laughing, sneezing, coughing, or simply walking.
During tummy tuck surgery, we can often resolve stress urinary incontinence by using your soft tissue to create a small bladder obstruction near your pelvis. Thus, even when the "stress" of laughter or a sneeze occurs, that tissue serves as your muscle once did to hold back unexpected urine flow.
If you have questions on whether tummy tuck surgery can help you resolve a medical condition, please schedule a consultation with us today.