Is 4 week post op Tummy tuck appointment normally last appointment?

I went to my 4 week post op tummy tuck appointment yesterday. The doctor told me that that would be my last post op appointment. Is that the norm?

Doctor Answers 4

More post op appointments may be needed.

Thank you for your enquiry following your surgeon suggesting that you did not require any further review after four weeks post-operatively.

I find this a little bit unusual in that I usually have patients wearing a support garment for at least two months and I like to keep an eye on them as they gradually increase their activity back to full mobility.  I do recommend that they not undertake strenuous exercise until least four to six weeks post-operatively.

I would check with your plastic surgeon that the instruction which you received was correct.  I feel you have every right to request a review appointment at two and six months post-operatively.

Thank you for your enquiry


Melbourne Plastic Surgeon
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Is 4 week post op Tummy tuck appointment normally last appointment?

Different surgeons have different post-op care follow-ups. In my office we usually see the pt at 1 and 2 weeks and then 6 weeks, 6 months and 1 year post surgery assuming a normal healing process. I'm sure that if you have concerns after 4 weeks you can call your doctor for follow-up.

George Lefkovits, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

4 weeks post op, some advices:

Thank you very much for sharing your concerns with us.
At this point (4 weeks post-po) the swelling is normal.
To reduce it, I recommend you perform daily lymphatic drainage massage therapy over the abdomen and wear a postoperative girdle from thigh to the breasts.
Kind regards,
Dr. Emmanuel Mallol Cotes.-

Emmanuel Mallol Cotes, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 174 reviews

Post Op Appointments

Hello,

Each Plastic Surgeon has their own preferred, post op protocols. I will typically see my patients at 1-2 weeks, 2 months and 6 months or additionall appointments as needed. Sometimes when patients live far away from where I am located we will alter or reduce that schedule. I recommend that you ask your Plastic Surgeon to accommodate additional appointments for you if you have questions and concerns- they should be addressed in person with your operating surgeon.

All the best

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