Can a Tummy Tuck Help With Back Pain?

Many people believe tummy tuck surgery can only provide the aesthetic advantage of a flatter, toned abdomen. However, this cosmetic procedure has lesser-known health benefits. For example, it can help you resolve chronic back pain by strengthening your core.

What Does a Tummy Tuck Do?

When performing a tummy tuck, Dr. Eric Pugash will remove excess fat and skin from your abdomen to reveal a flatter, more contoured midsection.

For patients who have experienced pregnancy or significant weight loss, the abdominal muscles can become stretched and separated, medically termed diastasis recti.

To resolve this issue, Dr. Pugash realigns, tightens, and reinforces the abdominal wall. Overall, this surgery helps reinforce your core muscles and alleviate symptoms of associated health conditions, like poor posture and back pain.

Tummy Tuck and Back Pain

Good spinal health depends on support and stability from the abdominal wall. When these muscles become stretched and weakened, it may put unnecessary strain on your spine. This consequence can cause you discomfort.

As an abdominoplasty can help repair this muscle separation; many of Dr. Pugash’s patients report significant improvements in their back pain after the procedure.

What Causes Back Pain?

Back pain can result from a weakened core that has led to spinal instability. However, it’s crucial to note that back pain may develop due to different factors that could warrant treatment other than a tummy tuck.

Accordingly, you should rule out causes like herniated disks, nerve damage, and arthritis to ensure a tummy tuck is a safe solution for you.

What Type of Back Pain Does Tummy Tuck Treat?

During a consultation, Dr. Pugash will perform a thorough assessment to determine your suitability for an abdominoplasty to treat your back pain.

A tummy tuck generally resolves back pain associated with abdominal muscle separation, often caused by significant weight loss or pregnancy.

How Does a Tummy Tuck Resolve Back Pain?

A tummy tuck can tighten the abdominal muscles to strengthen your core. Doing so boosts spinal health by providing more significant support and stability. For this reason, many patients report little to no back pain after repairing abdominal muscles with a tummy tuck.

Other Tummy Tuck Medical Benefits

Consider what additional concerns a tummy tuck could help you resolve.

  • Improved posture: Reinforcing your core muscles can result in better posture.
  • Fixing a ventral hernia: A ventral hernia occurs when there is a hole in the muscles of the abdominal wall, allowing a loop of intestine or tissue to push through. These hernias result from various causes, including abdominal weakness from pregnancy, a C-section, or an appendectomy. A tummy tuck shores up your core muscles to rectify a ventral hernia.  
  • Resolves urinary incontinence: Stress incontinence occurs when excess bladder and urethra pressure causes uncontrollable leakages by sneezing, coughing, or exercising. Abdominoplasty with muscle repair helps supports your pelvic floor, which is particularly useful in treating incontinence caused by pregnancy.

Is a Tummy Tuck Worth It?

Repairing abdominal muscle damage with a tummy tuck can help alleviate back pain and improve your appearance. In the process, it improves your quality of life while delivering a pleasing abdominal contour. To learn more, contact our office for a tummy tuck consultation today.