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The development of lower back pain during pregnancy is not an uncommon occurrence. It is the result of the stretching of the abdominal wall muscles along with postural changes compensating for the added weight of a growing baby. Unfortunately, this lower back pain can persist after pregnancy due to non-reversible anatomic changes involving the stretched out abdominal musculature that leaves a weakened core and protruding abdomen.

So can a tummy tuck help resolve this issue?

For many women, the answer is yes.

Tummy tuck surgery can often be an excellent solution for significantly reducing, if not eliminating, lower back pain originating during and persisting after pregnancy.

In addition to excess skin and fat removal, abdominoplasty is designed to tighten and repair stretched and/or separated muscles of the abdomen. This not only restores them to an ideal position but also helps strengthen the entire core. As a result, this can lead to improved posture and less strain on the lower back. According to a 214-patient study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery—the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons—51 percent of patients were experiencing “moderate to severe disability from back pain” prior to tummy tuck surgery, and only nine percent still had issues six weeks after treatment. The percentage of women still bothered by back discomfort was even less at six months post-op.

If you are experiencing lower back pain after your pregnancy, Dr. Steven Turkeltaub can determine during your consultation whether tummy tuck surgery would be a good option for your needs. Over the years, he has helped numerous women get rid of their back discomfort while also restoring their pre-pregnancy figures through an abdominoplasty. If you are seeking a similar outcome, simply contact our practice online or by telephone to schedule your consultation.

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In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

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