Panniculectomy FAQs

Sometimes people who’ve lost a significant amount of weight will have excess skin or tissue around the area of their abdomen. This can sometimes cause unwanted odors, rashes, irritation or infection to develop. 

What is a panniculectomy? 

A panniculectomy is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen. Unlike a tummy tuck, the abdominal muscles aren’t tightened during this procedure, which means it isn’t purely cosmetic. 

How do you prepare for a panniculectomy? 

You may be asked to complete lab testing or stop taking certain medications before your operation. Talk with your Mercy doctor before surgery to make sure you understand all of the risks of your procedure as well. 

Who qualifies for a panniculectomy? 

Good candidates for a panniculectomy are usually people who’ve developed rashes or infections beneath the hanging folds of skin around their abdomen. They’re otherwise physically healthy and able to undergo surgery without complications. 

How long does a panniculectomy take?

A panniculectomy can take anywhere from 2 to 5 hours, depending on the scope of your particular surgical procedure and body type. 

How long does it take to heal from a panniculectomy? 

While panniculectomies can be performed on an outpatient basis, healing itself can take up to several weeks to complete. It’s important to follow your Mercy surgeon’s instructions following your surgery in order for your body to heal completely. 

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