i weigh 238 lbs,i am 4 foot,11 inches tall,my doctor says i need a tummy tuck,what are my chances of living thru the surgery.
Age 71. Is That Too Old for a Tummy Tuck?
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Age 71yo - is that too old for a tummy tuck?
You should obtain medical clearance from your primary care physician that you are at an acceptable risk for undergoing a surgical procedure. For elective or aesthetic procedures, your surgeon may want to get you to a reasonable health status prior to consideration for a procedure. Discuss all of your medical comorbidities and medication with your surgeon prior and discuss these risks. Also, discuss this with your anesthesiologist as proper monitoring and medications will be watched closely. This procedure should still be very safe for you and hope for an uncomplicated course with an excellent result! Hope that this helps! Best wishes!
Too old for tummy tuck?
Pablo Prichard, MD
Who is a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck
Good candidates for abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) are persons who are healthy, regardless of their chronological age and are near an ideal body weight for their frame. The surgery is performed to improve the contour of the torso, not to lose weight.
Unfortunately, your weight on a 4'11" frame makes you a poor candidate for abdominoplasty. Your result would be less than ideal and your risk of anesthesia and wound complications is greatly increased.
Before considering body contouring, I would suggest you have discussions with your primary physician and /or a nutritionist to help you lose weight. Your joints, heart and lungs will thank you.
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Tummy tuck surgery at 71 years old
Although age is not a limiting factor for tummy tuck surgery, good health is. I would ask that you be evaluated by your primary care doctor prior to surgery and plan on staying at a monitoring facility for 1-2 days post-operatively.
Tummy tuck at 71
Certainly a tummy tuck can be performed on a healthy 71 year old, but at about 240 lbs and 4'11", I think you would need to lose alot of weight before being a good candidate for surgery.
Not a good tummy tuck candidate
I realize that I can't be certain without photos, but in my opinion, you are not a good candidate for a tummy tuck and I would refuse to do one on you. The reason is that your weight is far to high for a 4'11" person to get even a decent result and at 71, you age places you at a higher anesthetic risk. The only thing that might be considered is a panniculectomy which cuts off the hanging apron of fat in the lower abdomen but doesn't do a tummy tuck.
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