The tummy tuck is a major operation. The surgery involves the surgical removal of the saggy skin and excess fat from your abdomen, besides tightening the abdominal wall muscle. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia, which means you will remain completely asleep throughout the procedure. Even though the tummy tuck has a good record of safety and delivering impressive results, there are certain things you need to do before the surgery in order to ensure your safety during and after the surgery to achieve the desired outcomes. In this video, I will discuss the three important things to do before your tummy tuck surgery. 1. Know the risks and side effects It is critical for patients to know the risks associated with the tummy tuck procedure ahead of the intervention. A tummy tuck entails relatively more risks and side effects. The risks are greater for patients who are suffering from serious health complications, so make sure to discuss your complete health and medication history with the surgeon. The risks associated with tummy tuck include excessive bleeding, blood clotting, nerve damage and loss in or change of skin sensation, unsightly scarring, internal organ damage, infection, poor and slow wound healing, severe pain and discomfort, and cardiac and respiratory complications. Make sure to discuss your candidacy for the tummy tuck in light of these risks. If you have allergy from any medications or the anesthesia, make sure to bring this to the knowledge of your surgeon. 2. Do the necessary medical tests and scans Before the tummy tuck surgery, the plastic surgeon would ask you to undergo some important medical tests and scans. For example, you may be told to have blood tests, urine tests, pregnancy test, and X-ray done. What tests you would exactly be required to undergo depends on your medical history. In any case, patients are advised to undergo all the required tests and make sure the reports have reached the surgeon before the intervention. The tests are critical to keeping you safe during and after the operation. 3. Have someone to accompany you to the surgery and during the recovery After the surgery, you would not be allowed to drive because your body will be traumatized and you’ll be under the effects of medications and anesthesia. As such, you must have someone to drive you home from the surgical facility and stay with you for the first 24-72 hours after the procedure. You would need help at every step during the first 2-3 days following the operation. Be sure to make arrangements for this before the tummy tuck surgery.