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I Have Pre Hypertension and Take Metropolol How Will This Affect my Tummy Tuck and the Pain After Surgery?

Breast augmentation and tummy tuck

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Beta Blocker & TT


This shouldn't make any difference in regards to your pain.  Make sure your surgeon and anaesthesiologist are aware prior to your surgery.  Usually, you will be instructed to continue taking your metoprolol as usual on the day of surgery.  Nonetheless, discuss this with your plastic surgeon prior to having your surgery.

Warmest Regards,

Asif Pirani, MD, FRCS(C)

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Hypertension not a contraindication for a tummy tuck


Hello, Tusa,

As plastic surgeons, we operate on patients with hypertension every day.  You do want to make sure it is controlled and that your plastic surgeon knows about it. Metoprolol is a beta blocker, and so you would fall under the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP), which calls for patients who are on beta blockers to receive a beta blocker before and/or during surgery. So, in effect, you will get extra attention, which is not a bad thing. Good luck with your surgery!

Paul W. Loewenstein, MD
Milwaukee Plastic Surgeon
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As long as your doctor clears you for surgery there should be no problem. Make sure your Ps knows about your condition.

Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Hypertension Takes Metropolol


So long as your blood pressure is well controlled, and you have no other related health problems (heart disease, etc) your procedure should be safe. 


Depending upon your age, some addition pre-op tests might be ordered, such as and electrocardiogram. Remind your surgeon at the time of your pre-op visit. 

There should be no issues with pain control due to the metaprolol. 

Thanks and best wishes.

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Hypertension and breast augmentation/tummy tuck


Having controlled hypertension will not affect your surgery adversely.  The key is to keep the blood pressure controlled.  You may want to see your hypertension doctor before surgery to be sure your blood pressure medication regimen is optimized.  Let the anesthesiologist know about your history well in advance of surgery so he/she can order an EKG or other tests as needed.



Daniel Greenwald, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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How will hypertension affect my tummy tuck?


Hypertension, as long it is under control, will not have any detrimental effects on your surgery or the post operative results. Your surgeon will likely require a pre-operative medical approval from your primary doctor, some lab work and an EKG.  If all of this looks normal, you should continue to take your blood pressure medicine throughout your recovery. Good luck with your surgery.

Erez Sternberg, MD
Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon
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