Complications with Tummy Tucks
Complications in tummy tucks patients
- Having a BMI over 30 (obesity) – decreasing weight naturally by dieting before surgery decreases your risk; weight loss surgery actually leads to an increased complication rate
- An operating time greater than 2.5 hours
- A vertical and horizontal incision (Fleur-de-Lis incision)
One dose of antibiotics is now recommended just before surgery. There is no further need for antibiotics for a week after surgery.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), clots in the leg veins/Pulmonary embolism (PE), clots in the lungs
- With obesity
- With a previous history of DVT
- Aged over 60
- On oral contraceptives
- Not walking after surgery
Though not a complication but rather a side effect of tummy tuck surgery, there are new advances in discomfort management.