Complications with abdominoplasty in obese patients


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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A new study which compared outcomes of abdominoplasty in obese and non-obese patients has found the procedure is safe and effective in both groups.

Researchers performed a retrospective chart analysis of 83 patients who underwent abdominoplasty by a single surgeon from 2009 to 2016. Twenty-one of these patients were classified as obese, with an average body mass index (BMI) of 35 kg/m2, while 62 patients were classified as non-obese, with an average BMI of 25 kg/m2

The study found all complication rates were similar between groups, including perioperative seroma formation, wound dehiscence, haematoma formation, and surgical site infection. No instances of venous thromboembolism were observed.

“Our study results suggest that a body mass index greater than 30 kg/m2 in and of itself should not be viewed as a strict contraindication to abdominoplasty. Plastic surgeons should evaluate patients on a case-by-case basis and patients should be counselled as to the potential perioperative risks of this procedure,” the authors said. “Moreover, surgeons should discuss realistic postoperative goals with potential candidates for surgery,” they added. 

The research is published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery