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Complications in Postbariatric Body Contouring: Postoperative Management and Treatment

Michaels, Joseph V M.D.; Coon, Devin M.D.; Rubin, J. Peter M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: April 2011 - Volume 127 - Issue 4 - p 1693-1700
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e31820a649f
Cosmetic: Special Topic

Summary: Proper postoperative management of body contouring patients is essential to satisfactory long-term outcomes. Standard issues such as drain management, nutrition, and activity limitations will be relevant to all patients. Although major complications are infrequent, effective strategies for management of common minor wound complications are invaluable.

Baltimore and North Bethesda, Md.; and Pittsburgh, Pa.

From private practice; the Division of Plastic, Maxillofacial, and Reconstructive Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions; and the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Received for publication May 7, 2010; accepted August 30, 2010.

Disclosure:The authors have no financial interest to declare in relation to the content of this article.

J. Peter Rubin, M.D., Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 4553 Terrace Street, 6B Scaife Hall, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15261, rubinjp@upmc.edu

©2011American Society of Plastic Surgeons