Pre-op tests for healthy 60 year old for tummy tuck?

I am a healthy woman in my early 60s with no major health issues. I had a major surgery 3 years ago that required hospitalization with no ill effects from anesthesia. I have recently had a full blood work and EKG done, all normal. Do I need a stress test before getting a tummy tuck? Do I need any other tests?

Doctor Answers 5

Medical clearance for tummy tuck in 6th decade

Thank you for your question. My suggestion is to arrange a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon near you to review your medical history and determine if further testing is needed. Generally, if you reasonably healthy the labs/EKG that you recently obtained should suffice. 

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Medical clearance

A review of your medical history and an in person exam is essential to determine if you are a candidate. You will likely also need medical clearance. Best of luck.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Pre-op tests for healthy 60 year old for tummy tuck?

Thank you for sharing your excellent question.  Based on your narrative alone you may only need a chest X-ray for anesthesia purposes, but unlikely to need a stress test, unless you have some other significant cardiac risk factor.  Best wishes on your tummy tuck procedure.

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Preop tests?

Thank you for this question. If your labs are indeed completely normal and you don't have cardiac symptoms, I doubt you would need a stress test. However, if you experience shortness of breath and/or chest pains in your life - then a stress test is a consideration. Seek guidance from your plastic surgeon about this issue. Best wishes, Dr. ALDO

Aldo Guerra, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Pre-op tests for healthy 60 year old for tummy tuck?

No, you do not necessarily need a stress test or other specific tests prior to surgery. In my practice, I would ask that you obtain "medical clearance" from the doctors who know you best (primary care or internist).  Often, a careful history and physical examination along with a few basic labs and EKG sufffice. Depending on exactly when the blood work and EKG was done, further testing/laboratory workup may not be necessary.

 For me, a patient's "exercise tolerance" and/or activity level is an important indicator as to how he/she will tolerate a surgical procedure.

 Best wishes for an outcome that you will be very pleased with.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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