Traditional vs Modern Tummy Tuck
Dr. Bernard Beldholm talks about traditional and modern tummy tuck. – 1300 588 494
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MODERN TUMMY TUCK AND A TRADITIONAL TUMMY TUCK?
There’s been huge developments in the last 20 years for tummy tucks. The traditional tummy tuck, which, unfortunately, a lot of surgeons still perform, involve making a cut up the ribs, pulling down the skin and cutting away the excess skin.
The problem with this method is that it cuts off a lot of blood supply, creating a big space on the inside of the body where fluid will accumulate. Because of this, patients will have to likely use drains. A lot of times, the traditional tummy tuck also requires patients to remain in the hospital for seven days. Even when they finally go home, they may still have to use drains.
With traditional tummy tucks, there’s a 20-30 percent chance of seromas, a pocket of clear serous fluid that sometimes develops in the body after surgery. This can cause inflammation and lead to infection. The “old way” doesn’t address the thickness of the tummy and doesn’t eliminate excess fat either.
The more modern way of doing this procedure is in conjunction with liposuction. This removes the fat, but it also loosens everything up, so that the surgeon can easily pull down the skin, preserve the blood flow and get rid of the loose skin without creating a big space on the inside of the body.
This will result in a decrease in fluid accumulation. It also reduces the chance of the skin breaking down because the blood flow is preserved. In the end, it leads to a thinner, tighter result and a much, much better recovery.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY LIKE FROM A TUMMY TUCK?
The recovery is quite good. The first day after surgery, of course, is the worst. By the second day, patients are still quite sore but are feeling much better. By the third day, patients are able to walk around with only minimal discomfort.
Tummy tucks are generally a four hour operation and requires the patient to stay overnight in a hospital after the surgery. After surgery, patients will have access to patient-controlled analgesia (PCA). This is a method of pain control that gives patients the power to control their own relief. According to Dr. Beldholm, many patients won’t need PCA. Instead, oral pain relief tends to work well.
The first day after the surgery patients will be able to shower. However, they’ll be hunched over for about ten days in order to not put any strain on the wound. Other than a backache, the actual recovery is quite smooth.
THERE HAS BEEN SOME CHANGES TO THE MBS ITEM NUMBERS. HOW DOES THE LIPOSUCTION BASED ABDOMINOPLASTY HELP ME?
The changes in the MBS schedule, starting January 1st, 2016, means that unless patients experience massive weight loss and meet the government criteria, patients are not covered by an item number. This means that patients can’t claim any of the surgery on his or her private health fund.
With the lipo-based tummy tuck, the difference is that patients will have a much quicker recovery. They’ll be able to go home one day after surgery. There will be no need for drains, and they can go back to work much faster.
With the traditional tummy tuck, it’s not uncommon for patients to stay in the hospital for a week. Often, a week in the hospital will cost more if the patient’s health plan won’t cover it. With the liposuction-based tummy tuck, patient’s experience a much quicker recovery and usually only one day in the hospital is needed. Of course, patients do have the option to stay longer if they want to.
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