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Expiration Date

28 Feb 2026

Last Reviewed

1 Mar 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

60 Minutes

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Activity Description

The abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a "tummy tuck", is a procedure to reduce excess skin and fat around the abdomen and strengthen the abdominal wall musculature. The abdominoplasty has become a popular modality for helping patients remove excess abdominal tissue both after significant weight loss or as an adjunct to it. This activity reviews the indications and contraindications for abdominoplasty, details specifics of the procedure, and reviews post-operative care and complications. This activity highlights the role of the interprofessional team in caring for patients who have undergone or who are considering undergoing abdominoplasty.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Review the indications and contraindications to abdominoplasty.
  • Describe how to perform an abdominoplasty.
  • Describe post-operative management considerations for patients who have undergone abdominoplasty.
  • Explain why an interprofessional team that provides an integrated approach to postoperative care can help patients achieve the best possible outcomes.


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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, and StatPearls, LLC. The Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is reported to the following Maintenance of Certification (MOC) boards:
American Board of Anesthesiology
  • General Operative Anesthesia
American Board of Surgery
  • General Surgery

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  2. Review the target audience, learning objectives, and disclosure information.
  3. Study the educational content in the activity.
  4. Choose the best answer to each activity test question. To receive credit, you must pass the test questions with a minimum score of 100%.
  5. Complete the post-activity assessment.
  6. Obtain a certificate.

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Carly S. on 11/11/2021

There was a question about a TAP block in the post test. This was not covered anywhere in the article (unless I missed it?)

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Walter G. on 12/30/2022

Good overview

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Great program

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