Hi there, has anybody had a tummy tuck prior to their j pouch surgeries? If so, did the surgeries ruin your tummy tuck? I know my health is way more important than how I look and I would always make my health the priority....I was just curious? From what I’ve seen, an emergency colectomy would most likely include an incision down the midline of the abdomen which would of course cut through a tummy tuck ab repair. What about an elective colectomy and jpouch surgery though? Is anybody aware of those surgeries separating their abdominals?

thank you!!!

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Hi Kh, I had three surgeries. They were done robotically. My largest scar is at the hair line above the pubic area and beside the belly button at the old stoma site. Depending on your surgeons recommendation, you do not have to have a midline cut to have these surgeries. That's if it's elective. Don't wait for it to be an emergency. 

Thank you AIMC. That was very helpful. Im so confused what to do. I’d love to get a tummy tuck but I’ve been so hesitant- it’s been 15 years since I was first diagnosed with UC and sometimes I think about having the j pouch surgery. I don’t think I’m “there” yet though. My uc isn’t terrible. I have a flare or 2 a year that gets under control with prednisone. I am afraid of cancer though and sometimes wish my colon was just gone. It would obviously be better to have a TT after jpouch surgery but I just don’t know when that time will come? The main reason for the TT would be to fix my large gap in abdominals. Ugh, what to do!?

I didn't have a tummy tuck but I did get scar revision surgery post op...twice. I get infections in my scars and they pop open and heal very badly. So post op I have them redone....it takes time to get it done but for me it was worth it.

Sharon

I’m seriously considering getting a mommy makeover for my 40th birthday. I have been largely healed of all symptoms since I had my last surgery in ‘06 - only had a few flares and pouchitis a couple of times in the last 13 years. I’m with a previous poster, if you can get surgery done without it being an emergency I’d go for it. Healing would probably be a lot easier when you’re not already on your last leg with a toxic colon - I almost died. Also the surgery caused me to become infertile, too much scar tissue on my tubes. I wonder if it hadn’t been an emergency if that would have been prevented. Nonetheless I’m healthy, I’m alive and I’m tired of my wrinkly, scar ridden belly aesthetically. The surgery was a vertical cut, then I had bleeding so I had to be recut and my wind had to heal open and packed. It was gross but again it saved my life. Because of the surgery and pregnancy (via IVF) I now want my belly back so I’m on the process of evaluating doctors...

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I’m seriously considering getting a mommy makeover for my 40th birthday. I have been largely healed of all symptoms since I had my last surgery in ‘06 - only had a few flares and pouchitis a couple of times in the last 13 years. I’m with a previous poster, if you can get surgery done without it being an emergency I’d go for it. Healing would probably be a lot easier when you’re not already on your last leg with a toxic colon - I almost died. Also the surgery caused me to become infertile, too much scar tissue on my tubes. I wonder if it hadn’t been an emergency if that would have been prevented. Nonetheless I’m healthy, I’m alive and I’m tired of my wrinkly, scar ridden belly aesthetically. The surgery was a vertical cut, then I had bleeding so I had to be recut and my wind had to heal open and packed. It was gross but again it saved my life. Because of the surgery and pregnancy (via IVF) I now want my belly back so I’m on the process of evaluating doctors...

Thanks for the reply! So glad you are healthy now! You’ve been through a lot! ...I totally think you should go for the mommy makeover. Since I made the original post, I’ve had two surgical consults and decided on a surgeon. My jpouch surgery will be in mid June. I’m nervous but excited at the prospect of feeling better and eliminating my colon cancer risk. I’ll be doing the 2 step surgery. Hoping once I’m all healed up from the final surgery, I can have a tummy tuck at some point to get rid of scars and pregnancy loose skin and whatnot!

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