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What type of anesthesia is used with a tummy tuck?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Normally, general anesthesia is required for a tummy tuck surgery. An abdominoplasty is a reasonably large surgery requiring extensive dissection, muscle tightening, and large amount of skin removal. The patient must be kept from moving on the operating room table and complete surgical control is vital. The layer over the rectus muscle called the fascia is tightened in the midline as well. We have performed hundreds of tummy tucks under general anesthesia with safe and predictable results.

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