New research finds tummy tucks improve Stress Urinary Incontinence
Some rather interesting new findings from a recent study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the official clinical publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) have been reported. New findings have cited that a tummy tuck not only improves body contour, but may also be effective in helping to alleviating symptoms of stress urinary incontinence, particularly among those patients who have not undergone previous caesarean section.
The study, surveyed women who underwent a tummy tuck in order to ascertain changes in their stress urinary incontinence symptoms. 90% of the participants had previously had at least one pregnancy. The authors also analysed the demographic data, number of pregnancies, amount of weight gain with pregnancy, multiple vs. single pregnancies, history of caesarean sections, symptoms related to stress or urgency incontinence, amount of weight loss before surgery and severity of incontinence following Abdominoplasty.
“What we found was that a tummy tuck significantly alleviated the symptoms of stress urinary incontinence in 60% of our patients, especially in patients who hadn’t undergone previous caesarean section. In some Abdominoplasty procedures where we pull up sufficient soft tissue in the pelvic area, we may get enough of a pull to suspend the urethra, creating a slight bladder outlet obstruction to reduce incontinence,” explained Dr. James McMahan, one of the authors of the study.
“Current treatments are aimed to relieve symptoms rather than address the underlying causes. This is a significant advancement in the treatment of urinary incontinence; however, anatomic studies need to be conducted to determine the specific surgical techniques during Abdominoplasty that could improve incontinence and narrow down the patients with stress urinary incontinence who would benefit the most,” added Dr. McMahan.