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Abdominoplasty

The operation of Abdominoplasty can be done in many ways. Each patient is different, as is each surgeon. It is because of this that this can only be an outline guide to the procedure. (For more detail about abdominoplasty please go to the links page.) This is why the initial consultation is so important. Mr Burge will hear from you what you find a problem and will compare this with what he can physically find. He will then explain to you the options available along with their pros and cons. Only after all this will he propose a surgical plan, tailored to you as an individual and not as part of a production line.

It is important to realise that it is this very variability between individuals that makes this as much an art as a science. Results can never be absolutely guaranteed (at least by honest practitioners) and adverse results are always possible.

All surgery carries some risks. It is Mr Burge’s responsibility to explain, minimize and, if necessary, deal with these risks.

There are 4 main reasons for abdominoplasty:

1 After weight loss (e.g. diet)
2 After surgical weight loss (e.g. stomach stapling)
3 After children
4 After other abdominal surgery (as a method of scar revision)

There are a variety of techniques available. Mr Burge has many years of experience of tailoring the procedure to the individual requirement.

The procedures can vary from fairly minor to very major – it is therefore vital to get an individualised opinion rather than a generic one.

The procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually involves a 2-night stay.

Dissolving stitches are used and showers encouraged after a day or two. Most patients are advised to avoid activities such as work and driving for 10 – 14 days.

Full recovery can take six weeks or longer.

Things will continue to settle down over the next few months. During this period minor wound problems are common but not usually of any great significance. These problems are more common in smokers.

Minor secondary procedures are not uncommon. Mr Burge will discuss this at the consultation.

Following the procedure Mr Burge will see you regularly, both while you are in hospital and in the weeks and months afterwards.

If there are any problems he will be on hand to help manage them.

Due to the Data Protection Act etc our supply of pre/post operative pictures is currently limited.

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