Almost every patient needs to be cared for by a competent and knowledgeable person in a safe setting. While it may be possible to get by safely at home on any given occasion, the possible risks and dangerous side effects following a full abdominoplasty demand that a surgeon always err on the side of safety. That means having our patients recover where the effects of these potential complications can be detected and treated and perhaps prevented. These included nausea and vomiting, debilitating pain, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, respiratory compromise, and shock.
Is It Okay to Go Home on the Same Day of Having a Full Tummy Tuck?
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Post-op care for tummy tucks
I prefer overnight observation after Tummy Tuck
Different surgeons handle these cases differently. I like overnight observation with a nurse and vein clot prophylaxis for anything over a mini tummy tuck.
Aftercare for tummy tucks
We ask that all our full or Hybrid tummy tuck patients spend a night in Aftercare and not go home. It is safer and more comfortable in an Aftercare, even in the era of pain pumps.
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Outpatient Tummy Tuck
We send our patients home after a tummy tuck. It is important that someone be with the patient overnight. I like to have my patients up and walking immediately. I feel that the sooner they get back to normal activities, the faster they heal.
Patients can go home the same day following a tummy tuck
Each patient is different however, most individuals are able to go home following a tummy tuck. I make sure patients have good pain control and their nausea is well controlled prior to being sent home. I also require patients to have someone at home with them for the first few days should they need any assistance.
If there is any question whether a patient feels comfortable or is not stable enough to go home, I will arrange for them to spend the night at the outpatient facility where they had their surgery.
Tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure
Tummy tuck can be safely done as an outpatient for the vast majority of patients. Although not necessary, many patients choose to have a nurse the first night, whether they return home or stay at a hotel or aftercare facility.
For older patients or those with certain medical issues, a stay in the hospital could be indicated. But more commonly, I will perform a tummy tuck at the hospital (along with a hospital stay) when the procedure is combined with a GYN procedure like a hysterectomy.
Go home on same day after tummy tuck WITH NURSE.
We send most patients home the same day they have a full tummy tuck, but these are patients under 50 years old, in excellent health, who are not too overweight. And we insist that a registered nurse take them home and spend the night with them. A big safety factor.
Going home on the same day of a full tummy tuck
This is a 'what if' question. Only IF you, your surgeon, your medical issues, the amount of surgery, the surgery time amounts, combination cases, at home care giver are the many issues you need to over come in order to decide if a Tummy Tuck out patient is advisable for you.
Tummy Tuck CAN be safely done as an outpatient
The short answer to your question of whether or not it is possible to go home on the same day as your tummy tuck is yes- all other things being equal, almost all tummy tuck surgery can be done on an outpatient basis.
Having said that, it is important to take your health into consideration, as well as your surgeon's qualifications, those of the anesthesia provider, and the certification of the facility in which the procedure is to be performed.
So, the longer answer to your question is- in the right hands, and if you are in good health, it is very safe to go home on the day of your tummy tuck.
For more help understanding how to best choose a surgeon, please read this:
Tummy tucks are almost always outpatient procdures
Unless it is combined with another procedure like a hysterectomy that requires hospital admission, virtually all tummy tucks are outpatient procedures. I haven't had one stay in the hospital in over 10 years.
Web reference: http://www.randcosmeticsurgery.com
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