Safety of Abdominoplasty with Concomitant Abdominal or Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy: An ACS NSQIP Study

Tsung Mou*, Deepanjana Das, Oluwateniola Brown, Christina Lewicky-Gaupp, Kimberly S. Kenton, Carol Emi Bretschneider

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Background: To compare 30-day postoperative complications following abdominoplasty with and without concomitant hysterectomy. Our secondary objective was to compare outcomes following abdominoplasty by route of hysterectomy. Methods: This was a retrospective cohort study using American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) Database from 2014 to 2018. We included women who underwent abdominoplasty alone (ABP) and abdominoplasty with concomitant hysterectomy (ABP+Hyst). The ABP+Hyst group included both abdominal hysterectomy (ABP+AH) and minimally invasive hysterectomy (ABP+MIH). Results: Analysis included 9064 women of whom 2.4% had ABP+Hyst (216 ABP+AH and 53 ABP+MIH). Both ABP and ABP+Hyst had similar 30-day postoperative complication rates (11.5% vs. 14.1%, p=.22). Patients with ABP+Hyst had a longer length of hospital stay when compared to ABP alone [2 days (IQR 1–2) vs. 1 day (IQR 0–2), p<.001). Operating time was longer in ABP+Hyst by 76 minutes (p<.001). In a multivariable logistic regression model controlling for age, race, BMI, ASA class, smoking status, hysterectomy, operative time, and major medical comorbidity, concomitant hysterectomy was not associated with increased odds of 30-day postoperative complications. Both ABP+AH and ABP+MIH had low 30-day complication rates (15.3% vs. 9.4%, p=.273). However, ABP+MIH had a 38 minute longer median operating time (p=.008) but with a shorter length of stay by 1 day (p<.001). Conclusion: Concomitant hysterectomy at the time of abdominoplasty was not associated with an increase in complications during the first 30-days after surgery regardless of route of hysterectomy. These data suggest that selected patients can safely be offered combined surgery. Level of Evidence IV: This journal requires that authors assign a level of evidence to each article. For a full description of these Evidence-Based Medicine ratings, please refer to the Table of Contents or the online Instructions to Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1724-1730
Number of pages7
JournalAesthetic Plastic Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2022


  • Abdominal hysterectomy
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Laparoscopic hysterectomy
  • Panniculectomy
  • Vaginal hysterectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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