I am considering a mommy makeover and wondering if a tummy tuck will really help my lower back pain. I have had 4 pregnancies in 5 yrs all via c-section which have taken a toll on my back. Is this a common complaint you hear as a doctor and what is the success rate your patients tell you with regards to their back pain both before and after the surgery? I am a healthy weight and height with no major health problems or concerns. Thank you.
Back Pain! Will A Tummy Tuck Help?
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Improved back pain with an abdominoplasty
The abdominal wall forms a cinch around the lower abdomen giving some support to the lower back. Clinically I see many patients who report that their back pain is improved following an abdominoplasty.
Tummy tuck can help back pain by tightening the abdominal muscles that were separated from pregnancy
Yes, this complaint is common after multiple pregnancies or weight changes and yes, tummy tuck can help by tightening the abdominal muscles that were separated from pregnancy. However, no plastic surgeon can give you a guarantee that it will absolutely fix your back pain.
To be sure, see two or more board-certified plastic surgeons in your area for a full and complete evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for you to have surgery. I hope this helps
Abdominoplasty and back pain
Although some patients report improvement in their back pain after abdominoplasty, that is not the reason the procedure is done. There are many causes for back pain and some might be serious. I would recommend getting an evaluation of your back pain by your family physician before proceeding with cosmetic surgery.
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Back pain is not treated by tummy tuck
The tummy tuck procedure with abdominal muscle sutures will strengthen the abdominal wall and body core but this does not usually eliminate back discomfort.. This should be discuss with the consultant plastic surgeon who may perform the abdominoplasty..
Can a tummy tuck help reduce back pain?
Back pain can be a symptom due to many different factors. Abdominal weakness can be one of them. After pregnancy, and especially C-section, the abdominal contents may protrude due to "weakened" abdominal muscles. This can cause a strain on your back as your posture changes. During a tummy tuck, the abdominal muscles are brought together allowing you to use your abdominal strength to stand straighter- which relieves your back from arching or rounding. Worth a try if you're a tummy tuck candidate.
Will TT help back pain?
Without an exam and pics I cannot give you a definitive answer. A TT will improve your core strength and re-allign your body. There has been published evidence that plication of a rectus diastasis , the separation of muscles that occurs after pregnancy, does contribute to the relief of back pain, but there is no guarantee. Good luck!
Having a Tummy tuck after 4 pregnancies can and will definitely give your body that contour you’re looking for. In regards to the back pain I would speak to your PS to make sure that the back pain is addressed.
Back Pain improvement with Tummy Tuck
While there are no guarantees in regard to help with pain, many tummy tuck patients see a considerable improvement in their back pain after tummy tuck. Most likely, the mechanism is from tightening their muscles and achieving a natural realignment.
Tummy Tuck and Back Pain?
Thank you for the question.
Based on your description of pregnancies and the fact that you are at a long-term stable weight, you may be an excellent candidate for tummy tuck surgery. Part of this operation involves plication ( reconstruction) of the abdominal wall muscles that have spread with pregnancy. This reconstruction likely strengthens the core and MAY help with issues such as lower back discomfort (assuming there are no other anatomic causes of the lower back pain). I would caution you however not to assume that your lower back pain will be resolved after tummy tuck surgery.
Tummy tuck and low back pain
This is a very good question. In my opinion tummy tuck surgery has definitely helped my patients who have mild to moderate low back strain. This is especially true if you have diastasis (separation) of the abdominal muscles. If you have a slit like separation up and down the mid portion of your tummy there is a good chance you have diastasis. It is not a treatment for documented disc disease or degenerative arthritis of the back. The abdominal muscle help to stabilize the back and this is why it works.
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