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Possible to Lose Too Much Weight Before Hernia Repair and Tummy Tuck?

I weigh 150 pounds from a maximum of 190 pounds, I am 5'5 tall. I am having a hernia removed in August, and will be having a tuck at the same time. I want to lose 10-20 pounds before then - currently my waist measures 36" but the pants I wear are 30". Is it dangerous for me to lose this weight?

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Lose weight and tummy tuck

It will only benefit you if you are close to your ideal weight. Lose the weight in a healthy manner.

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Weight Loss Prior to Tummy Tuck

It is always best to be at or near your ideal body weight at the time of your tummy tuck.  I do not see a problem with an additional 10-20 pound weight loss in your situation unless it results in a abnormally low serum protein, which coulkd interfere with wound healing.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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Weight loss before tummy tuck and hernia repair

Ideally you should be within 10 pounds of your goal weight before surgery.  As to whether on your frame, the extra weight loss is appropriate, only a doctor who has examined you could really say.

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