Successful Surgery for Seniors
“I find that many people are healthier at 70y.o. than others since medical issues may interfere with younger patients having good surgical outcomes. Older, healthy, fit patients can be absolutely perfect candidates for surgery.” Marcia V. Ormsby, M.D.
Contrary to popular belief, a tummy tuck is not just for thirty or forty-something-year-olds. Dr. Marcia V. Ormsby of the Annapolis Aesthetic Surgery Center notes that many of her patients are in their sixties and seventies and a good number of them are men. What’s more, her older patients are some of her happiest. “The procedures are very effective and when the patient is monitored correctly and cared for during the healing process, patients feel renewed, rejuvenated and refreshed,” she says. There are additional benefits as well. “Losing the excess weight helps patients improve posture, reduces or eliminates back pain, and makes it easier to exercise.”
During the tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, excess skin and fat is removed; the muscles that are widely divided in the center of the abdomen are repaired from the rib cage to the pubis. The operation takes 4 to 5 hours, and the recovery time is approximately one to three weeks. Dr. Ormsby usually makes house calls the day after surgery. Before going home, the patient receives a surgical garment, much like a girdle, which promotes healing by reducing swelling. This garment remains in place for 5 days when the patient returns to the office. At that time another garment is provided and the original garment is laundered at home and rotated daily with sponge baths.
She notes that men have especially high success rates with abdominal procedures. Beer bellies and fat excesses from their 40s through 70s can be removed effectively through liposuction. “A 73 year old runner who’s fit, looks great but told me, ‘I hate this tire!’ I removed about 2 liters of fat through liposuction; the tire was erased; it was a beautiful change for him, without a large investment in money or recovery time.”
“I really enjoy working with seniors,” reflects Dr. Ormsby. “They have a sense of self-esteem that they want to preserve in their older years; the procedures work very well. Due to increasing awareness about diet and exercise, many seniors are healthier than ever and living longer”, she notes. Having a beautiful body is not just for the young anymore.
-MARCIA V. ORMSBY, MD