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0 Comment December 4, 2017

What tests do I need to take before a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck surgery requires every patient to be healthy. No matter how bad you want to undergo this procedure because of your aesthetic needs, you still have to pass initial consultations and medical tests before the surgeon tell you that you’re an ideal candidate. Even if you have the money for the procedure, you still have to take the following tests so as to ensure your safety and good results.

Most of the time, complex tests such as X-rays or CT scans are not required before the surgery. However, taking blood tests is necessary. Usually, a CBC and basic electrolyte count are important. The results will show if you have anemia. This means that your blood levels are below 30 hematocrits. Unfortunately, if you are suffering from this condition, you would be advised by your surgeon not to undergo the intervention. This is because whenever liposuction and/or a tummy tuck is performed, some bleeding occurs during the procedure and it is almost inevitable. If you have a low blood count prior to the surgery, the procedure will even decrease it and your health will be surely at risk. Surgeons certainly don’t want to compromise their patients in situations like this. Even if you insist, you would not be treated.

Also, a basic metabolic profile is also required. The results of this test will allow the surgeon to know if there are some issues that need to be corrected before the surgery. Problems relating to sodium, potassium, or any basic electrolytes are some of the things that can be found out. If all the results of these tests are clear and you are checked as an eligible candidate in all other aspects, only then can we proceed to perform the surgery. Undergoing these exams ensures that you are not putting your life in danger.

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