Abdominoplasty or also known as a ‘tummy tuck’ is performed to improve the shape of the abdomen. Patients with excess skin and fatty tissue, along with patients who have muscle diastasis which can happen following pregnancy, are all suitable candidates for this procedure.
During your initial consultation with Mr Ritz, he will discuss the procedure with you, pre operatively, what happens during the surgery and your post operative care, and any risks or complications involved, there are risks associated with any surgery no matter how big or small, it is important you are aware of them and understand them. He will ask you questions about your medical history, including whether you have had children as this is a factor. It is important you understand your options so you can make the right decision about your surgery.
You will have another consultation about 2 weeks prior to your procedure, to discuss the surgery again and answer any further questions you may have.
During the surgery
On the day of surgery you will admit anywhere from 30 mins-2 hours prior to surgery depending on the hospital you are at, Mr Ritz will see you again and draw pre operative markings on you , the anaesthetist will also speak to you. The excess skin and fatty tissue is removed, this is often done in conjunction with liposuction to ensure the best result. Drain tubes are placed to remove any excess fluid post operatively.
You will be required to stay in hospital for approximately 2-3 days. You will have drain tubes in for 48 hours, these are taken out before you go home and you are then put in a compression garment which you are required to wear for 6 weeks.
Post operative care
You are unable to drive for the first 2 weeks, you are also limited with physical activity, including heavy lifting and going to the gym for the first 6 weeks. The compression garment is worn for 6 weeks day and night.
How long does the surgery take?
Approximately 3 hours.
Can I do it just as a day case?
No, you do need to stay in hospital.
How long do I have to take off work?
Approximately 2 weeks, depending on what you do for work.
When can I drive?
After 2 weeks.
How long until I can exercise?
Usually not until at least 6 weeks post operatively.
How much does the surgery cost?
It depends on what is required, the type of implant chosen and hospital and anaesthetic fees, please contact us for a rough quote.
Is abdominoplasty covered by Medicare?
Medicare have changed the guidelines and eligibility for the Abdominoplasty item number which means not everyone will be covered. Please contact us for more information.