Sometimes a good observation can lead to a very interesting line of research. One of my good friends and colleagues, Dr. James D. McMahan, made a very interesting observation that some of his patients reported improvement in their stress urinary incontinence after tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery. Working together, we designed a survey-based study to see if this observation was supported by the actual numbers.
Our study showed that nearly half of women who underwent tummy tuck had symptoms of stress urinary incontinence before surgery. Interestingly, nearly 2/3 of these patients reported significant improvement in these symptoms after tummy tuck.
These results suggest that tummy tuck surgery may have more than just a cosmetic benefit. We have plans to continue investigating this interesting association between tummy tuck and improvement in stress urinary incontinence by actually looking into why and how the changes are occurring. Imaging studies to look at urinary flow may help us uncover these answers.
Want to know more? Our study was published in the September issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. An abstract summarizing our work is available on their website. Our study was also featured in an article published by Plastic Surgery Practice and can be found here.
If you have additional questions or observations about tummy tuck surgery, we encourage you to email them to us at [email protected].