Dr. Donaldson Discussing tummy tuck and back pain

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Tummy tuck operations are first and foremost cosmetic procedures, but many patients have reported relief from back pain as a side effect of the surgery. As a result, many patients are seeking out the procedure primarily as a way to relieve back pain. While many patients do experience pain relief after the surgery, it’s important for patients to rule out other causes first. This may include consultations with primary care medicine, sports medicine, orthopedic surgery, neurology and/or neurosurgery to determine whether an anatomic back problem exists or a tummy tuck is the most appropriate form of treatment.

Dr. Donaldson Preparing For Tummy Tuck Surgery That Could Help Relieve Chronic Back Pain

How Can a Tummy Tuck Improve Back Pain?

When a woman gives birth, the muscles in her abdominal wall are stretched and separated, causing a “diastasis.” This leads to a lack of core support for the back, a problem that’s frequently seen among women who have had multiple pregnancies or people who have experienced significant changes in weight.

Unfortunately, those muscles can’t re-align themselves; a tummy tuck surgery with diastasis repair is the only way to “re-tighten” them. Though no doctor can guarantee that the surgery will relieve chronic back pain, some patients do experience improved core strength and pain relief.

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Other Treatment Options To Provide Relief

While tummy tucks provide some patients with back pain relief, it’s important to remember that it’s a cosmetic procedure and will rarely be the first recommended treatment option. Many patients experience back pain caused by pinched nerves, herniated discs, or spinal damage; in these cases, a tummy tuck may actually make pain worse without addressing the cause. Dr. Donaldson encourages patients to speak with other medical specialists first to determine the cause of the pain. Conservative, non-surgical treatment may be preferable.

When patients have exhausted other surgical and non-surgical options, and back pain persists, it’s possible they may benefit from a tummy tuck procedure. Dr. Donaldson works closely with each patient to determine the best course of treatment based on their current health, medical history, and lifestyle.

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Coolsculpting Columbus, OH - Donaldson Plastic SurgeryCoolsculpting is a revolutionary new fat removal procedure that delivers noticeable results without surgery. The procedure requires the use of an applicator wand on the skin to freeze the underlying fat cells. While the results are less dramatic than with liposuction, Dr. Donaldson recommends the procedure to patients looking to attack fat cells without going under the knife.

Expected Side Effects

The Coolsculpting procedure itself isn’t especially painful, but it can cause mild discomfort while the fat cells are being treated. For most patients, the side effects are limited to temporary numbness of the treated area, swelling, and redness of the skin. But a smaller number of patients experience more intense pain as nerves begin to awaken a few days after the procedure.

Delayed Onset Pain

Delayed onset pain affects as much as 15 percent of patients, usually starting three or four days post-procedure. Some patients feel sudden, intense pain while others develop it gradually over hours or days as the stunned nerves begin to transmit signals again. The pain comes in many forms, from sharp to dull or burning, and it’s often accompanied by swelling, itching, and tenderness of the skin. Delayed onset pain usually subsides within 14 days.

Pain Relief

Over-the-counter pain relievers are generally very effective. Patients may be prescribed a non-narcotic pain medication to act on nerve pain, but most physicians recommend treating the affected areas with ice packs or heat pads, compression garments, and drinking lots of water.

Treatment Results

Many patients are happy with their results after just one Coolsculpting treatment, but others request two or three sessions to achieve the desired look. Most physicians encourage patients to wait for two months between treatments in order to see complete results.

Patients interested in Coolsculpting should contact Dr. Donaldson today to schedule a consultation.