Should Your Surgeon Require Any Type of Tests Blood Work Etc. Before Performing Tummytuck?

Should Your Surgeon Require Any Type of Tests Blood Work Etc. Before Performing Tummytuck?

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Blood work before tummy tuck


Each plastic surgeon has their own specific preference but basic labwork should be performed to make sure blood status and electrolytes as well as pregnancy are not issues.  Additional blood work may be recommended depending on each patients medical history.

All the best,

Dr Remus Repta

Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 127 reviews

8900 E Raintree Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Pre op medical evaluation

I treat all of my cosmetic patients as I would any other patient and that means safety comes first.  A full preoperative evaluation including past medical history is very important.  My office will obtain standard preoperative lab work such as blood counts, coagulation profiles, and basic chemistry profiles.  Chest x-rays are also commonly obtained and EKGs are performed on anyone over 40.  If there is any concern about the patient's past medical history, a medical evaluation by a primary care physician will be obtained.  Good luck!

Naveen Setty, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

175 Ridge Road
McKinney, TX 75070

Bloodwork before tummy tuck

Depending on your overall health, age, and the surgery center, the bloodwork can vary. Most young, healthy patients will get a CBC, to check for anemia. Other patients may also need a PT/PTT to look for blood clotting abnormalities. Our surgery center also checks for HIV.

Ask your plastic surgeon which specific labs will be needed prior to surgery for your specific case.

Best wishes,


William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 226 reviews

9201 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Blood work required before tummy tuck.

Each surgeon is different.  For our office, we like to have the patient's blood work back with a CBC, Chemistry panel, PT/PTT.  The anesthesiologists usually want this as well.  There may be other tests to be obtained depending on the specific patient or protocol.  Medical clearance may be requested as well.

Jeffrey Roth, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

9280 W. Sunset Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89148

Pre Op Tummy tuck Surgery

Pre-oop blood work depends on your age and health status (medical history).  At the very least, a hemoglobin and pregnancy test is useful.  For older patients (or those with specific medical problems where extensive blood /EKG workup is indicated) a medical clearance from a primary care doctor or specialist may be necessary.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,052 reviews

8851 Center Drive
San Diego, CA 91942

Testing before Surgery

As board certified plastic surgeons, our highest priority is our patient's safety.  If you are young and healthy, then you likely only need minimal testing such as blood labs.  If you have any medical conditions or if there are any concerns, then you made need more tests such as Xray, EKG, cardiac clearance, etc.  These are all tests that your surgeon should order if appropriate.


Good Luck.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 64 reviews

10 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022

Blood test prior to tummy tuck surgery

Your surgeon will inform you of the tests recommended prior to a major cosmetic procedure possibly involving a  general anesthetic. These tests may include blood work and ECG. The decision making for these tests is individualized. Certainly, patients on blood thinners, blood pressure medications, diabetes medications and other meds need lab test checked pre-op. Healthy, younger patients may not. A board certified plastic surgeon should be able to give you reliable recommendations about which tests to get.

Scott C. Sattler, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

4915 25 th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Preoperative blood tests

The need for blood tests prior to surgery is dependant on many factors.  The most important part of a preoperative evaluation is your medical history.  An experienced surgeon will be able to determine your preoperative medical lab needs.  There is no absolute requirement to do all the same big lab panel for every person going to surgery.  Make sure to be complete in your medical history and your surgeon will can do what is necessary.  Also, make sure you have a board certified plastic surgeon and you will  get the best possible care.

Best Wishes

Dr. Peterson

Marcus L. Peterson, MD
Saint George Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

676 South Bluff Street
St. George, UT 84770


Tummy tuck is a big surgical procedure.  lab test are the standard of care and the type of testing depends on the age and health of the patient. I am sure your board certified plastic surgeon will recommend the right test.

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

450 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Pre op tests for tummy tuck

At our surgery center we routinely get a blood count and urinalysis for any surgery, including tummy tucks.  If a patient is over 40 years old we also get an EKG.  Depending on the patient's history and physical exam other tests may also be necessary.  I also prefer that a potential surgical patient see their regular medical doctor and let him/her know what procedure is planned.  If there are any medical issues of concern, I discuss this with the patient's doctor prior to scheduling the surgery

Vincent D. Lepore, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

2581 Samaritan Drive
San Jose, CA 95124

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