Evan Sorokin, M.D.
I want to have a full tummy tuck. Is the patient always sent home the same day after this procedure with a pain pump or do some patients require an overnight stay? I am a waitress - how long before I can go back to work?
While many surgeons perform abdominoplasty as an outpatient, many surgeons also keep patients in the hospital overnight. Some use pain pumps, some do not. Recovery depends on exactly what is being done, as well as other health issues present. Typically a standard tummy tuck will require 3-4 weeks off from work as a waitress.
I would suggest going to see a board certified plastic surgeon for a full consultation to get recommendations and specific questions answered.
Evan Sorokin MD FACS
I am going to have a tummy tuck. Will it be all right to smoke the day before the procedure? Would there be a problem if I smoked right after the surgery?
Smoking the night or day after a tummy tuck not only isn't the "right" thing to do, but rather is a "dangerous" thing to do. Smoking interferes with blood flow. You need blood flow in order to heal from a large operation like an abdominoplasty.
Don't risk a large non-healing wound by smoking within 3 weeks either before or after a tummy tuck. If your surgery is soon, inform your surgeon and postpone.
This is not a small issue. Speak to your surgeon, and get help with smoking cessation.
-Evan Sorokin MD FACS