What Are the Pretest for a Woman of Childbearing Age Getting a Tummy Tuck?

The policy and procedure of a facility where its being done at. What is suppose to be drawn?

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What Are the Pretest for a Woman of Childbearing Age Getting a Tummy Tuck?

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The minimum tests would probably include a pregnancy test and a hemoglobin level. Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of tummy tuck procedures each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.

Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Pretesting prior to a tummy tuck

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The different preoperative tests vary depending on facility policy, surgeon preference, medical conditions, and planned procedure.  Best to check with your surgeon.

Pre-Op Testing before a Tummy Tuck

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Every surgical facility has its own set of required tests before allowing a patient to proceed with a tummy tuck.  Common tests are checking hemoglobin levels and a pregnancy test if the patient is of childbearing age and has not had a hysterectomy or tubal ligation.  Depending on the patient's medical conditions, other test may be ordered as needed to ensure the safety of the patient.  The primary goal is the safety of the patient, not just to run tests. This is a very good subject to address with your plastic surgeon before proceeding with surgery.

Pre-operative Tests?

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Pre-op tests are performed to maximize safety for a patient undergoing a surgical procedure like a tummy tuck. There are no absolute standards of what tests are included in a pre-operative screening. It depends on your medical history, medications that you may be taking, physical examination, plastic surgeon’s preference, and the guidelines of the surgical facility, which vary from facility to facility. If you are of childbearing age, sexually active, and have not had a hysterectomy or tubal ligation, a pregnancy test should be included in the tests.

I would suggest that you discuss this and any concerns that you have with your plastic surgeon who should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).


Robert Singer, MD  FACS

La Jolla, California


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