Can A Tummy Tuck And Partial Hysterectomy Be Done At The Same Time?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Do you do or work with an OB/GYN who will do both the tummy tuck and partial hysterectomy during the same operation.

A: It has been historically common to do a hysterectomy and a tummy tuck at the same time for the obvious convenience of patient recovery and the access that a tummy tuck incision provides for the hysterectomy procedure. I have done it numerous times with various Ob-Gyn surgeons. That is still done today although not quite as commonly due to economic considerations. Now that hospitals are very conscious and diligent about collecting complete fees for the elective tummy tuck portion of the combined procedure (OR and anesthesia costs of which you will be responsible not your insurance) it becomes critical to look at the cost differences of having these procedures done together or separately. Depending upon the facility (hospital) the combined costs may be relatively minor compared to doing them separately or could be thousands of dollars more if done together in a hospital compared to having them staged apart. (tummy tuck done in a private facility)

Having good experience combining these procedures, we do know what that differential can be based on our own private plastic surgery center. I will have my office pass along that cost differential to you so you can see of such a combined procedure makes good economic sense for you.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana