Tummy Tuck While on Blood Pressure Medication?

Can you have a Tummy Tuck if you are on blood pressure medication?

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Tummy Tuck While on Blood Pressure Medication?

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Well controlled hypertension is not a contraindication to tummy tuck surgery and/or other elective plastic surgical procedures. Always best to check with your primary care physician for “medical clearance” prior to surgery. Managing your anti hypertensive medications around the time of surgery will be important. In my practice, I prefer the use of general anesthesia provided by a board-certified anesthesiologist. I hope this, and the attached link, helps.

Tummy tuck while on blood pressure medication?

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Hello! Thank you for your question! There are a few medical comorbidities that contribute to a higher risk during any surgical procedure including infections, wound complications, delayed wound healing, bleeding, anesthetic risks, etc. Hypertension is one that is known to have an increased risk during a procedure. There are a number of both systemic and local host factors that can contribute to high blood pressure. Hypertension itself is not a true contraindication to having any surgical procedure, but it should always be controlled. Risks that coincide with high blood pressure, such as coronary artery disease, pulmonary issues, varicosities, etc. can certainly be worrisome as the risk for other issues including MI, stroke, etc. can be severe. Complications such as bleeding and postoperative hematomas may be increased and hemostasis obtained well.

That being said, well-controlled high blood pressure should equate a minimal increased risk for the above and surgical procedures still safe and a reasonable decision. You should ensure adequate blood pressure control always, but also obtain medical clearance from your primary care physician that you are at an acceptable risk for undergoing a surgical procedure. For elective or aesthetic procedures, your surgeon may want to get you to a baseline level prior to consideration for a procedure. Discuss all of your medical comorbidities and medication with your surgeon prior and discuss these risks. Also, discuss this with your anesthesiologist as proper monitoring and medications will be watched closely. This procedure should still be very safe for you and hope for an uncomplicated course with an excellent result! Hope that this helps! Best wishes!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Tummy Tuck when you have High Blood Pressure

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While there is no problem having a tummy tuck or any other cosmetic procedure, your blood pressure should be controlled prior to your procedure. All my patients with a history of high blood pressure need to be screened by their primary care physician to make sure you have no other medical issues.

Phillip Chang, MD
Leesburg Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck okay as long as your BP is controlled

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Review your medications with your surgeon and your internist if your surgeon sends you for medical clearance. Blood pressure medication alone is not a reason to not have a tummy tuck as long as your blood pressure in under control.

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon


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As long as your blood pressure is well controlled there is no reason you can't have any surgery. Out of control blood pressure is a problem so most anesthesiologists recommend you take your blood pressure medication prior to surgery. If it remains high they will give you something during surgery. Most anesthetic agents lower blood pressure. So no worries you'll be fine.

Chornic illnesse are OK, as long as they are properly treated

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This is an excellent question, and one I speak with many of my patients about. Many or us have a chronic illness such as high blood pressure, gastroesopheal reflux, or diabetes. These do not necessarily preclude elective cosmetic operations such as a tummy tuck. However, they must be properly treated and controlled. If you are on blood pressure medicaiton, and your blood pressure is within the normal range, there is very little increased risk for you over someone without high blood pressure.

However, you must fully discuss this with you plastic surgeon, and with the anesthesiologist who will be putting you to sleep. He or she will probably want to consult with you prior to the day of surgery. You will most likely be instructed to take your normal blood pressure medication in the morning with a sip of water. And then to resume your medication on your regular schedule after the surgery. To make your consultations easier, you might get a copy of your medical records from your primary care physician and have these available for review by your plastic surgeon and the anesthesiologist. Also, you should have had a recent check up with you primary care physician.

Good luck!

David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 111 reviews

Tummy Tuck and Blood Pressure Medication

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You certainly can undergo a tummy tuck while on blood pressure medication, assuming that your pressure is well-controlled on the medicine. It would be far riskier to have any surgery at a time when high blood pressure is present.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon

Abdominoplasty and blood pressure medications

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Assuming the medication is effectively controlling your blood pressure, you can have a tummy tuck while taking blood pressure medications.  It's important to get an overall good bill of health from your general medical doctor prior to proceeding.

Best of luck.

Your Age and Presence of Other Conditions Are Also Important

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As mentioned, your general health is also important and other things like high cholesterol, heart problems, or diabetes also must be considered.

So further medical screening or tests could be needed depending on the above.

John LoMonaco, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 276 reviews

Tummy tuck and blood pressure medication.

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You can certainly have a tummy tuck while on high blood pressure medication, as long as you are in good general health, and if your blood pressure is in fact well controlled.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

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