A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen. It is often used to tighten the muscles and improve the appearance of the midsection after pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. While a tummy tuck can be a successful and satisfying procedure for many people, it is important to note that it is a major surgery that can cause significant changes in the body. As a result, it is common for people to experience discomfort and changes in their movement patterns after the surgery. We have found many stories of women frustrated or discouraged with their outcomes due to lack of guidance and unwanted symptoms.
Physical therapy can be an important part of the recovery process after a tummy tuck. A physical therapist can work with the patient to address any pain or discomfort and help the patient to regain strength and mobility.
During physical therapy, the therapist may use a variety of techniques to help the patient recover. These may include exercises to improve strength and range of motion, manual therapy to address any areas of tightness or discomfort, and education on proper body mechanics and self-care strategies. Most importantly, a therapist with specialization in core and pelvic floor control can help you relearn how to engage your core muscles after they have been greatly altered. This can help greatly to decrease risk of things like urinary incontinence or painful intercourse that is common after tummy tucks.
Another great benefit to therapy after tummy tuck is customized oversight to return to activity or sport. The surgery itself is a major insult to your core - so having a specialized program to return to your exercise of choice is paramount in getting the most out of your surgery as well as making sure you are operating at 100% in your sport. Most women report spending the months if not years prior to their surgeries avoiding certain core workouts due to fear or making things worse - leaving the core canister weak and under utilized. The surgery is great and reworking anatomy but what it does not do for you, is strengthen the tissue. Having a progressed and specific plan to return to core strength can work wonders to allow women to feel as though they are getting the most out of their surgery!
Overall, physical therapy can be a valuable resource for people looking to recover and regain their strength and mobility after a tummy tuck. By working with a trained therapist, people can learn how to properly care for their bodies and achieve their recovery goals as efficiently and quickly as possible.