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Relieving Lower Back Pain With Abdominoplasty

Do you experience chronic lower back pain? Has conservative physical therapy been ineffective in relieving your pain? It may be time to consider a different approach. While it might come as a surprise, abdominoplasty (or a tummy tuck) is becoming increasingly recognized as an effective treatment in select patients who experience continued lower back pain. No longer is a tummy tuck strictly a cosmetic procedure; it’s also a functional one.

Why Abdominoplasty is an Effective Treatment
Recent studies have found that a tummy tuck procedure actually works to stabilize your spine by tightening your lateral abdominal muscles, thus increasing the pressure inside your abdomen. Abdominoplasty also helps your abdominal muscles become more efficient in stabilizing your spine.

How Does Abdominoplasty Treat Back Pain?
A tummy tuck tightens the sheet of connective tissue beneath your skin that attaches muscles and other internal organs (also known as the fascia.) When the fascia is tightened, you essentially gain a permanent back brace, sort of like an “internal corset”. This effect helps to improve your posture and alleviate back pain after the surgical procedure.

Recent Findings
In a study presented by Toranto, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist who was the first to promote abdominoplasty as a tool to alleviate lower back pain, 24 of 25 patients who were treated for pain via a tummy tuck reported pain relief when he focused on their abdomen instead of their back. And in a recent study of eight female patients with long-lasting back pain, abdominoplasty was just what they needed to alleviate their prolonged back pain.

While these studies involved a small group, the fact that they all experience long-term relief from their back pain via abdominoplasty should not be discounted. In fact, a tummy tuck should be considered a viable option for patients who have weak lower abdominal muscles and chronic lower back pain. Especially when conservative methods have failed.

Please click here to view before and after images of an Abdominoplasty procedure. For more information about the positive effects of Abdominoplasty for treating chronic back pain, contact Dr. Lalla today at 973-324-9455.

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Responses:

  1. I have a spinal fusion surgery (L4 and L5 that went awry due to an infection. After a few operations it was corrected and is now fused but I experience intense chronic pain. The surgeries were about 10 years ago and due to the pain and being bedridden quite often I have developed a “beer belly”. Would Abdominoplasty be a good way to take stress off my lower back ?

    Comment by Jerry on March 4, 2020 at 8:40 pm

  2. I have had a lumbar fusion s1,2 to L2,3 since 2012. In 2013 I got an abdominoplasty, and post surgery had a beautiful realigned navel.
    Problem: I got an umbilical hernia within months, and had it repaired 2 times, the last about a year ago. It actually happened 2 wks after surgery when they put me in a non-structured garment. I am looking to repair it again, but am worried. I think the titanium in the spine is causing my tummy to compensate. I have a muscular abdomen, so fat isn’t an issue.
    What would you suggest, since you are familiar with the condition, on how it should be fixed? It hurts and really bothers me.
    Thank you in advance,
    BL

    Comment by Brenda Seri-Luck on March 6, 2020 at 10:42 pm

  3. Diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, interested in tummy tuck for back pain relief

    Comment by Ashley Blackmon on May 17, 2020 at 5:01 pm

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