Procedure: Flatten abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles of abdominal wall.
Length: 2 to 5 hours.
Anesthesia: General, or local with sedation.
In/Outpatient: Either depending on individual circumstances and extent of surgery.
Side Effects: Temporary pain. Swelling, soreness, numbness of abdominal skin, bruising, tiredness for several weeks or months.
Risks: Blood clots. Infection. Bleeding under the skin flap. Poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss. Need for a second operation.
Recovery: Back to work: 2 to 4 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4 to 6 weeks or more. Fading and flattening of scars: 3 months to 2 years.
Pre Operative Instructions
ITEMS TO PURCHASE BEFORE SURGERY
We recommend a support garment/panty for after surgery to help support the abdomen and to help reduce swelling. This garment should feel quite snug to fit pre-operatively, as your abdomen will be smaller after surgery.
It is best to purchase a garment that sits high up on the abdomen to avoid it from rolling and causing discomfort. Full body shapers are available that includes a bra as well. These garments can be found at Kohls, Target, Walmart. The price ranges from $10 - $30. ie: Maidenform® Control It™ Firm Control Waist Nipper Brief.
You will be instructed when to start wearing your support garment.
In addition to the garment you will need:
- Hydrogen peroxide to clean incisions.
- Gauze pads or light day napkins to cover incisions and absorb drainage
- Bacitracin antibiotic ointment to coat incisions 0 We do not recommend using Neosporin or triple antibiotic ointment.
Further instructions will be given to you at your post-operative appointment.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (269) 372-3000
Post Operative Instructions
OTHER WAYS TO HELP EASE DISCOMFORT AFTER SURGERY
- Avoid any Activity which uses the abdominal muscle.
- Try not to sit in a deeply upholstered chair or sofa.
- Depend on your arms to push yourself up from a sitting position.
When getting into bed.
- First sit on the edge of the bed then let yourself down on your side using your arms, straighten your legs and roll onto your back.
Getting up, is just the reverse.
- Roll onto your side, near the edge of the bed.
- Pull your legs into a tucked position, and let your feet drop over the edge of the bed.
- Use your arms to push yourself up to a sitting position on the edge of the bed.