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Tummy Tuck While on Blood Pressure Medication?

Can you have a Tummy Tuck if you are on blood pressure medication?

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Tummy Tuck when you have High Blood Pressure


While there is no problem having a tummy tuck or any other cosmetic procedure, your blood pressure should be controlled prior to your procedure. All my patients with a history of high blood pressure need to be screened by their primary care physician to make sure you have no other medical issues.

Leesburg Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck okay as long as your BP is controlled



Review your medications with your surgeon and your internist if your surgeon sends you for medical clearance. Blood pressure medication alone is not a reason to not have a tummy tuck as long as your blood pressure in under control.

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon
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As long as your blood pressure is well controlled there is no reason you can't have any surgery. Out of control blood pressure is a problem so most anesthesiologists recommend you take your blood pressure medication prior to surgery. If it remains high they will give you something during surgery. Most anesthetic agents lower blood pressure. So no worries you'll be fine.

Christopher L. Hess, MD
Fairfax Plastic Surgeon
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Chornic illnesse are OK, as long as they are properly treated


This is an excellent question, and one I speak with many of my patients about. Many or us have a chronic illness such as high blood pressure, gastroesopheal reflux, or diabetes. These do not necessarily preclude elective cosmetic operations such as a tummy tuck. However, they must be properly treated and controlled. If you are on blood pressure medicaiton, and your blood pressure is within the normal range, there is very little increased risk for you over someone without high blood pressure.

However, you must fully discuss this with you plastic surgeon, and with the anesthesiologist who will be putting you to sleep. He or she will probably want to consult with you prior to the day of surgery. You will most likely be instructed to take your normal blood pressure medication in the morning with a sip of water. And then to resume your medication on your regular schedule after the surgery. To make your consultations easier, you might get a copy of your medical records from your primary care physician and have these available for review by your plastic surgeon and the anesthesiologist. Also, you should have had a recent check up with you primary care physician.

Good luck!

David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck and Blood Pressure Medication


You certainly can undergo a tummy tuck while on blood pressure medication, assuming that your pressure is well-controlled on the medicine. It would be far riskier to have any surgery at a time when high blood pressure is present.

John Whitt, MD
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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Abdominoplasty and blood pressure medications


Assuming the medication is effectively controlling your blood pressure, you can have a tummy tuck while taking blood pressure medications.  It's important to get an overall good bill of health from your general medical doctor prior to proceeding.

Best of luck.

Sam Jejurikar, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Your Age and Presence of Other Conditions Are Also Important


As mentioned, your general health is also important and other things like high cholesterol, heart problems, or diabetes also must be considered.

So further medical screening or tests could be needed depending on the above.

John LoMonaco, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck and blood pressure medication.



You can certainly have a tummy tuck while on high blood pressure medication, as long as you are in good general health, and if your blood pressure is in fact well controlled.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Yes, but your blood pressure needs to be under control.


You should have a medical clearance from your internist or primary care doctor. If your blood pressure is normal while taking blood pressure medication, you should be fine. A person's general health is one of the most important factors when weighing elective surgery. Having an EKG may also be indicated depending on your age. Check with your primary care doctor and explain you are considering elective surgery. Most internists are happy to evaluate you, order any changes in medication that are needed, and suggest some lab work. Best of luck.

Francisco Canales, MD
Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck


Generally speaking, just being on blood pressure medicine is not a contraindication.  Assuming your blood pressure is well contralled and the medication poses no particular problems you should be fine.

Edmond A. Zingaro, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

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