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Can abdominoplasty be done with lumbar artificial disc replacement surgery?

Q:

It’s been 12 years since my C-section with complications that has left me with a need for extensive abdominoplasty and a lumbar artificial disc replacement.  I’m afraid that getting the disc replaced without removing the excess weight from the lower stomach would be futile.  This is not about vanity but more about necessity.  Can abdominoplasty be done with lumbar artificial disc replacement surgery?  Is it safe to do them consecutively?

A:

Without knowing the exact information about the lumbar disc surgery, it is impossible to give exact advice about whether is is possible to do it with a tummy tuck. However, from what I know about similar surgery and the usual recovery, I would suggest that the two procedures be done separately and at least two months apart. This allows enough time for recovery from the first before undertaking the second. Lumbar disc surgery and abdominoplasty are usually done on opposite sides of the body and each have a significant recovery. For these reasons, separate surgeries should be much safer. However, your best course is to ask your spine surgeon and plastic surgeon to discuss the possibilities with you.

R. T. Buchanan, MD

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