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What should I expect during a tummy tuck?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
In the preop area before tummy tuck surgery, your surgeon will draw a line on the middle of your belly, from the bottom of the breastbone to the pubic bone. The ribs and the skin to be removed will be marked. If liposuction of the flanks is to be done, a topographic map of the fat in this area will be drawn.

The operation will be performed under general anesthesia. Technically, it is possible to perform it under local anesthesia, but most surgeons prefer general anesthesia. A urine drain is often placed in the bladder. Compression calf boots will keep the blood flowing, lessening the chance of a blood clot in the leg. An injection of heparin, a blood thinner, further decreases the likelihood of clotting. The surgeon paints the skin with an antibacterial solution prior to the start of the operation.
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