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Tummy Tuck after Pregnancy for Urinary Incontinence

A sneeze, cough, or laugh can cause a small amount of urine leakage for anyone, but it is much more common in women than in men. It is even more common for women who have given birth.

As many as 25 to 27 percent of women who have given birth may still experience problems with urinary incontinence for as long as 10 to 12 years following pregnancy. Furthermore, women who have had a vaginal delivery are even more likely to suffer from this problem that is not just embarrassing, but can also lead to urinary tract infections if not properly treated.

You may be wondering just what urinary incontinence after pregnancy has to do with cosmetic surgery. In fact, some recent research has found that one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries that is commonly offered to women to help them get back the shape they were in prior to pregnancy may also help fix their urinary incontinence.

A tummy tuck procedure is one that Dr. Mark Deuber commonly offers as part of a Mommy Makeover package, which also includes breast augmentation and breast lift. What can cause urinary incontinence for women who have had children, and how can a tummy tuck procedure fix this problem?

What Causes Urinary Incontinence after Pregnancy?

As a women enters her third trimester of pregnancy, the baby is not only taking up a great deal of room in her pelvic region, but will drop lower in preparation for delivery, as she gets closer to her due date. This places the weight of the baby and the uterus directly on the bladder and the muscles of the pelvic floor, as well as pushing outward on the already strained abdominal muscles.

Successive pregnancies will repeat this cycle, again weakening the pelvic and abdominal muscles. Although these muscles do have an ability to “bounce back” after delivery, there is a point at which they become overstretched and lax. This is when a woman can develop urinary incontinence.

How Can a Tummy Tuck Procedure Help?

A tummy tuck procedure removes excess loose skin and tightens up loose abdominal muscles following pregnancy. In this procedure, Dr. Deuber will first make incisions to pull back the skin and underlying tissue of the abdominal region. He will then tighten up the muscles using sutures, before removing the excess skin and tissue, and then suturing the remainder into place for a more streamlined appearance.

A recent article in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery looked at the effect of a tummy tuck procedure on urinary incontinence. A group of 214 women were asked about their urinary incontinence issues, both before and after undergoing a tummy tuck procedure, following one or more pregnancies.

Prior to their surgeries, almost half of the women reported significant problems with urinary incontinence, but at both six weeks and six months after surgery, they all noted a major improvement in their symptoms. Only 2 percent of the women said that they still had major problems with urinary incontinence following surgery.

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