Do I need surgery for 4 finger gap in abdominal muscles post pregnancy?
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Tummy tuck after pregnancy
Thank you for your question. If the patient had a recent pregnancy, I would recommend to wait a minimum of 6 months (for breastfeeding, 9 months from the time the patient stops producing milk). A full tummy tuck will repair the muscle separation. If you are planning of having more children, it is best to wait until after your pregnancies to consider this procedure. I would be happy to consult with you to see if you are a good candidate for this surgery.
Abdominoplasty 5 months after birth with 4 finger separation
Hello and thanks for your question
There are a few things to consider here, and I definitely recommend you consult with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon(in USA 'Board Certified Plastic Surgeon' and in Australia 'Plastic Surgeon') when you are ready to seriously look at this.
Firstly, 4 fingers separation will almost definitely make you a candidate for an Abdominoplasty(Tummy-tuck). However, this is your 1st child and it's only been 5 months. So, ideally you'd wait a little longer, and prefer to have your babies finished before undergoing this big surgery. Then again, you have pain in a few areas that may need to be addressed sooner. And it's hard to tell if any of those would be helped by your tummy-tuck.
I believe you need a detailed assessment with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon. He needs to examine you in person- there are many additional factors that he needs to take into account besides what you have told us here. He may need some other tests before being able to come to a realistic decision about what is likely to help you at this stage.
Ideally he will want you to have finished your pregnancies, but all your circumstances need to be taken into account before anyone can give you a comprehensive proposal. Do you still have a lot of excess weight? When are you considering further pregnancies? Is your baby very heavy and contributing to your back pain? Do you need some assistance with lifting practices and your setup at home? Will some physiotherapy help you in that regard? Are you managing to walk and get your body in tone since the birth? Do you think your Primary Care Doctor(GP) should help you with some of these questions first?
Please consult a Plastic Surgeon for a proper evaluation and diagnosis. Alternately until then, you should see a chiropractor as well.
Hope you feel better.
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Best of luck! Dr. Subbio
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Newtown Square/Philadelphia, PA
Tummy tuck after pregnancy.
I hope this helps :)
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Best wishes and good luck.
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