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New Study: Tummy Tucks May Reduce Back Pain and Incontinence

June 29, 2018
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A new study released this spring in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, found that abdominoplasty (“tummy tucks”) may actually help to reduce back pain and incontinence for women after childbirth.

The study looked at 214 women across nine Australian plastic surgery centers undergoing tummy tucks. Before the surgery, 51% of women reported moderate to severe disability from back pain and just over 40% said urinary incontinence was a “significant concern.” Six months after surgery those numbers had plummeted to 9% reporting moderate disability from back pain and less than 2% still cited urinary incontinence as a significant problem.

Apparently these reports are in-line with previously reported case reports and back up what many doctors have known unofficially for some time. It is believed these results are caused when strength and stability (lost because of pregnancy and delivery) are restored to the abdominal and pelvic region.

“By reducing the problems of back pain and incontinence, abdominoplasty with rectus repair leads to a better life for women after childbearing,” says lead author of the study, Doctor Alastair Taylor.

This new evidence may cause a shift in how people think about tummy tucks. Not only can you achieve significant cosmetic results but it may lead to an overall improvement in the quality of life for postpartum women.

As always we recommend discussing with your surgeon the specific results you would like to achieve with any procedure. To book your consultation with Doctor Mulholland, call 1-877-695-2835 or fill out the consultation request form on the right.

Posted by Anne

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