Study Published in Aesthetic Surgery Journal Finds Tummy Tuck Improves Stress Urinary Incontinence

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Symptoms Were Alleviated in Patients Who Hadn’t Undergone Cesarean Section Before

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"What we found was that a tummy tuck significantly alleviated the symptoms of stress urinary incontinence in 60% of our patients" explained Dr. James McMahan.

Findings from a study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the official clinical publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), indicate that a tummy tuck not only improves body contour, but may also alleviate symptoms of stress urinary incontinence, especially among patients who have not undergone previous cesarean section.

The study surveyed women, who underwent a tummy tuck, to ascertain changes in their stress urinary incontinence symptoms. Ninety percent of the participants had at least one pregnancy. The authors also analyzed the demographic data, amount of weight gain with pregnancy, number of pregnancies, multiple vs. single pregnancies, history of cesarean sections, amount of weight loss before surgery, symptoms related to stress or urgency incontinence, and severity of incontinence following abdominoplasty.

“What we found was that a tummy tuck significantly alleviated the symptoms of stress urinary incontinence in 60% of our patients, especially in patients who hadn’t undergone previous cesarean section. In some abdominoplasty procedures where we pull up sufficient soft tissue in the pelvic area, we may get enough of a pull to suspend the urethra, creating a slight bladder outlet obstruction to reduce incontinence,” explained Dr. James McMahan, one of the authors of the study.

“Current treatments are aimed to relieve symptoms rather than address the underlying causes. This is a significant advancement in the treatment of urinary incontinence; however, anatomic studies need to be conducted to determine the specific surgical techniques during abdominoplasty that could improve incontinence and narrow down the patients with stress urinary incontinence who would benefit the most,” added Dr. McMahan.

For more information on the study go to the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

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The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.

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