Tummy Tuck After Colon Resectioning and Bag?
- Asked by Wendy in Ohio in Cleveland metro area
- 4 years ago
Can you have a Tummy Tuck after colon resectioning and a bag? The bag is gone now and my surgery has been over a year ago. I'm not looking to have it done for a few years yet. My surgeon who did the resectioning said he did not know if it could be done, that if plan A wasn't an option or plan B may be one. Can you help me?
Go ahead and have a Tummy Tuck!
If all is well now and your general surgeon gives you a clean bill of health, you can most certainly have a tummy tuck. Provided you are a good candidate, the changes are dramatic and given all that you've been through, I'm confident you would be thrilled with the results. Good luck!
You can have a tummy tuck after colon resection.
If you are in excellent health now, a history of having had a colon resection and a bag will not prevent you from having a tummy tuck safely. The exact technique may need to be modified to take the scars into account.
Abdominoplasty post-colon resection
Assuming your original issue for requiring the colostomy is resolved and you have healed appropriately, then if you have the anatomical conditions that require an abdominoplasty (i.e. skin laxity, muscle weakness or diastasis, you should be able to undergo the procedure. The skin excision or scar might have to be modified depending on the location of the colostomy site or the incision for your colectomy.
Possible, you just need to know what can be accomplished
As long as your health is good and you are a good candidate for surgery otherwise, then it shouldn't be a problem. Where your scars are located will determine what can be done. If you have enough loose skin and your previous scars are low enough, you may end up with just a low bikini scar and one around your belly button -- effectively erasing your prior surgery! Be sure to see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area. Good luck!
Since a year has passed since the colostomy was closed and you no longer have an external bag you can consult with an American Board of Plastic Surgery certified plastic surgeon, provided your general surgeon says no problem having the abdominoplasty. Find one by going to www.plasticsurgery.org.
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