Monday March 18, 2019

‘Tummy tuck’ reduces back pain after childbearing: Study

The study covered 214 women undergoing abdominoplasty with repair of the abdominal muscles at nine Australian plastic surgery centres

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  • Tummy tuck can reduce back pain after pregnancy
  • Many women opt for the surgery after childbearing
  • Tummy tuck is rather healthy

Besides restoring the pre-pregnancy shape of the abdomen, abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” — a surgical operation involving the removal of excess flesh from the abdomen — can improve back pain and urinary incontinence after childbearing, a study says.

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A tummy tuck can reduce back pain after childbearing. Wikimedia Commons

Many women seek tummy tuck surgery to restore the shape and appearance of the abdomen after childbearing, but the new study, published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, suggests that it also improves two of the most common physical complaints experienced by women after labour and delivery.

“Abdominoplasty has a proven functional benefit as well as a cosmetic benefit,” said lead author D.

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Alastair Taylor of The CAPS Clinic in Deakin, Australia. The study covered 214 women undergoing abdominoplasty with repair of the abdominal muscles at nine Australian plastic surgery centres.

The women’s average age was about 42 years, with an average of 2.5 deliveries.

Before and after surgery, the women completed questionnaires rating their disability from back pain and urinary incontinence.

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In the preoperative questionnaires, about 51 percent of women had moderate to severe disability from back pain, while urinary incontinence was a “significant concern” for 42.5 percent.

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Back pain is a common problem during pregnancy and after childbirth. Pixabay

On follow-up questionnaires at six weeks and six months, scores for both problems showed major improvement, the study said. At six months, only nine percent of patients still had a moderate disability from back pain. Urinary incontinence remained a significant problem for less than two percent of women, the findings showed.

“By reducing the problems of back pain and incontinence, abdominoplasty with rectus repair leads to a better life for women after childbearing,” Taylor said. IANS

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Preeclampsia Test can Quickly Identify Dangerous Condition During Pregnancy

Researchers at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center have developed a fast, easy test to diagnose preeclampsia

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A new test can quickly identify a common and dangerous condition during pregnancy and help keep mothers and babies healthy and safe. VOA

A new test can quickly identify preeclampsia, a common and dangerous condition during pregnancy and help keep mothers and babies healthy and safe.

When Jessi Prizinsky was pregnant with her first child, her feet started swelling.

“Well, you hear, everybody tell you, you know, the swollen ankles, and get your feet up and all that,” Prizinsky said. “That was where I thought, ‘OK.’ And then it started to be, it kind of looks like it’s in my arms and hands, too.”

Most women expect some swelling when they are pregnant. But these symptoms can also be signs of preeclampsia.

It’s a complication of pregnancy that raises the mother’s blood pressure and affects the blood flow to the placenta. This can lead to smaller or premature babies. Untreated, it can be fatal to mom, or baby, or both.

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Most women expect some swelling when they are pregnant. But these symptoms can also be signs of preeclampsia. Pixabay

Fast, easy test developed

Researchers at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center have developed a fast, easy test to diagnose preeclampsia. That’s where Dr. Kara Rood practices maternal and fetal medicine.

“One of the hard parts with preeclampsia is there’s a lot of symptoms of just pregnancy alone, and other medical conditions that have similar symptoms that the women experience, like high blood pressure, headaches, changes in vision. Those can be attributed to a lot of other things,” Rood said.

Preeclampsia is more serious if it occurs earlier in the pregnancy, or in a woman who had high blood pressure before getting pregnant.

Rood says managing this condition early is best for both mothers and babies.

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Researchers at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center have developed a fast, easy test to diagnose preeclampsia. That’s where Dr. Kara Rood practices maternal and fetal medicine. Pixabay

“Without the certainty of this test aiding in the diagnosis,” she said, “we as providers are definitely overcautious, as this is definitely something we don’t want to miss because of the life-threatening results of a misdiagnosis for moms and babies.”

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Listen to your body

Because of her preeclampsia, Prizinsky was induced three weeks early. She had a successful second pregnancy and has this advice for other women.

“The biggest thing is listening to your body,” she said.

The test is so easy, women can take it at home, and preeclampsia can be treated as soon as it develops. The researchers expect the test to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the next few years. (VOA)