Infection after tummy tuck

18th Oct 2018

The tummy tuck intervention can help you get rid of the excess skin and fat tissue from the inferior level of the abdomen. It can be performed with or without the repositioning of the belly button. It is a complex intervention, and a good communication with your plastic surgeon is mandatory, both before and after the procedure.
The tummy tuck requires an incision that can go from hip to hip in the suprapubic area. Aside from this incision, we can also have another periumbilical one if the reposition of the navel is required. During the intervention, the skin and adipose tissue are lifted from the abdominal wall if the muscles are weak and they will be straightened and sutured before the skin is redraped and the excess skin is eliminated.
As you can notice, we are talking here about extensive surgery and long incisions. All surgical procedures present a certain risk and it is important that you understand the risk associated with the various abdominoplasty techniques that can be performed to improve your appearance. For each person, the choice of performing a surgical procedure depends on the comparison between the risk and the potential benefits. One of the most important complications that can occur after this type of intervention is the infection.
The infection is an invasion of microorganisms that can be localized or generalized in a living being. Through multiplication, these microorganisms affect the body. A generalized infection can manifest through high fever and a degradation of the general health condition. A localized infection will usually present the following symptoms: high fever, an inflammation of the area infected – pain, redness, edema – and the formation of an abscess filled with puss.
Infection after the tummy tuck surgery occurs only in rare cases, usually if the patient didn’t maintain a proper hygiene of the surgical incision after being discharged or is not taking antibiotics. The risk of infection is greater when body contour surgeries are performed in parallel with procedures in the abdominal area.
To prevent infections, we give antibiotics during the surgery and for at least a week after it was performed. If you experience any sign of infection from the ones mentioned above, make sure to seek medical help immediately. Infections can be treated with antibiotics, and in exceptional cases, additional surgery might be needed.

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