Can a Tummy Tuck Reduce Back Pain?

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Most people are well aware of the aesthetic enhancements afforded by the tummy tuck procedure, but lesser known benefits of abdominoplasty include the potential improvements to one’s general health. Namely, women who have previously had children may find that a tummy tuck can help common symptoms caused by pregnancy, including back pain and incontinence. According to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), a tummy tuck’s goal of repairing the underlying abdominal musculature can improve both of these post-childbearing symptoms.

Back pain is widely reported as a very common effect of pregnancy and giving birth. In the study published by the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® journal, approximately 50 percent of the 214 tummy tuck patients interviewed experienced moderate to severe back pain before their procedure. Six months after undergoing abdominoplasty, only nine percent of the women questioned still reported back pain after surgery. Based on these findings, the ASPS concluded that the benefits of tummy tuck surgery can extend far beyond cosmetic improvements, and the procedure does indeed have the potential to decrease back pain for certain patients.

Dr. Geoffrey Leber understands there’s an abundance of information to research before undergoing the abdominoplasty procedure, and our team is here to help you understand the full range of potential benefits possible with tummy tuck surgery. Contact our Scottsdale office today for a personal consultation with Dr. Leber or to learn more about the procedure.