This procedure removes the roll of excess tissue called a pannus, which may hang over the top of the pelvic area, along the lower abdomen and below the belly button. It corrects further development of rashes and skin infections while giving better contour to the hip area. It does not contour the entire abdomen and is not considered a cosmetic procedure. The Panniculectomy is covered by some insurance policies.
Surgery: A Panniculectomy is performed under general anesthesia and in some cases as an outpatient procedure. Otherwise, it requires an overnight stay.
After Surgery: Surgical drains are routinely used to remove expected post-surgical fluid. The drains are routinely removed in 2-3 weeks. Patients can return to work in 2-3 weeks and resume light workouts in 3-4 weeks. A compression binder is worn by the patient for the first 3 weeks.
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