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What pre-op tests are required before having a tummy tuck and liposuction?

Q:

I am 40 years old.  I will be having a ventral hernia removed, scar tissue removed and tightening of stomach muscles from a previous surgery, a tummy tuck and liposuction.  My doctor says I do not need any tests other than blood tests before this surgery. Are there other tests that should be performed before undergoing this surgery?

A:

For a 41 year old female, the only lab work we usually obtain is a Hemoglobin and pregnancy test prior to surgery like a tummy tuck. This assures that your monthly cycle has not depleted your blood and that you are not pregnant without knowing it. The latter is not needed if there is no chance of a pregnancy and the first is not needed if you do not have periods.

R. T. Buchanan, MD

A:

If you are otherwise in good health, the only tests I typically ask for are a Hematocrit, to check on the level of red blood cells, and a pregnancy test. Any other tests would be based on you health history or medications you may be taking which could affect your blood chemistry or blood counts.

J. M. Darrow, MD

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