Tummy tuck combo could help post-pregnancy bladder problems

23rd May 2011

Mothers who are suffering both the aesthetic and medical after-effects of pregnancy may be interested to hear about a new combination tummy tuck operation which is being used in the US.

Two post-pregnancy issues are solved in one with the new procedure, which addresses the cosmetic problem of excess skin on the stomach and the medical complication of bladder weakness, ABC reported.

Surgeons in San Francisco have joined together to solve both of these problems at once, by performing a pelvic sling procedure, which is considered standard for the medical problem of bladder weakness, followed by a tummy tuck.

Plastic surgeon Carolyn Chang said: "You're doing a surgery that you want with a surgery that you medically need and that makes having surgery in general much more palatable."

The cheaper cost of the combined surgery and a shorter recovery time are cited as advantages for the surgery, the news provider said.

Bladder weakness, or stress incontinence, in women is caused when the pelvic floor muscles are weakened, which can be caused by the physical trauma of pregnancy.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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