Before you undergo any type of surgery it is important to thoroughly research the procedure so you know exactly what to expect. If you are considering a tummy tuck, Dr Hunt has outlined the important parts of the process, from consultation to post-surgery, so you know exactly what to expect before, during and after your surgery.
The initial consultation is an opportunity to meet Dr Hunt, establish the patient’s objectives and understand what they want from their procedure. During the consultation there will be an assessment of the patient’s needs and expectations, and then following examination, a surgical plan will be developed to achieve those goals and manage expectations.
Different patients will require different procedures and there are a number of different types of tummy tucks that can be performed. During the consultation, Dr Hunt will determine which tummy tuck procedure will work best to achieve the best possible outcome for the patient to get the results they desire.
The patient will receive a complete quote for the cost of their tummy tuck after their initial consultation with Dr Hunt.
What to Expect the Day of the Operation
On the day of the operation, the procedure will be performed in a fully accredited hospital, under general anaesthetic given by a fully accredited anaesthetist.
Dr Hunt will meet with his patient on the day of surgery. The patient will then be marked, highlighting the appropriate areas for liposuction (if needed) and where excess skin will be removed. The final wound closure and scar will also be marked. It is extremely common for the patient to be anxious on the day of surgery and they are welcome to take a form of anti-anxiety drug to ensure their experience is as calm and positive as possible.
After the surgery has finished, Dr Hunt will contact the patient’s next of kin to let them know that the surgery has been completed and gone well. Dr Hunt will also give them a time frame on when they can expect to hear from their loved ones.
Dr Hunt will visit his patients on a daily basis while they are in hospital, as will Dr Hunt’s practice nurse. This is to ensure that they are progressing well through the early postoperative period and all of their needs and expectations are being met.
Following discharge from hospital, a follow-up appointment will be arranged for the patient in Dr Hunt’s Rooms for appropriate dressing changes and in the longer term, to ensure that the result meets their expectations.
What to Expect from Tummy Tuck Recovery
Following a tummy tuck, the patient will be expected to stay in hospital from three to five days, depending on the type of procedure and patient.
On return home, there will be a period where activities will be limited. Dr Hunt suggests patients should only move from the lounge room to the bedroom and the bathroom for the first week after their operation. They will not be in a position to do housework or return to work and should be cared for by a friend or family member.
During the second week after surgery, patients are able to move out of the house and are expected to return to Dr Hunt’s Rooms for a routine follow-up.
Over the course of the second week, patients will be able to achieve and tolerate an ever-increasing level of activity. Depending on the abdominoplasty, Dr Hunt would expect patients to be able to return to work after three to four weeks and can return to sporting activities at six weeks, building up to a full return of activities at approximately three months.
There can be degrees of swelling after a tummy tuck that can be persistent and some patients can experience episodes of swelling, particularly above their scar, that are related to periods of vigorous exercise. This can occur up to 12 months after surgery.
If you are considering an an abdominoplasty, book your consultation with Dr Hunt today.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.