How to spot an infection after a tummy tuck - Hourglass Tummy Tuck
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How to spot an infection after a tummy tuck

How to spot an infection after a tummy tuck

 

Nowadays more and more people are confronted with the unsightly appearance of their abdomen, caused by different factors such as multiple pregnancies, weight fluctuations, and even the natural aging process that creates skin sagginess. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to improve the appearance of the abdominal area with exercise and a balanced diet. In some cases, the abdominal wall can still look unappealing, even if the patient has a normal weight and no excess of fat. Certain factors are responsible for this unwanted appearance of the tummy such as diastasis recti, which is a condition that defines the gap created between the left and right abdominal muscles during pregnancy. Other factors include umbilical hernia and an excess of skin on the tummy.

The procedure performed to correct these imperfections of the abdominal wall is called an abdominoplasty, or more popularly known as the tummy tuck. It is a major plastic surgery procedure and should be performed only on patients with a normal weight that has been stable for at least eight months and in good health and emotional condition. Otherwise, complications can occur, just like any other surgery. When it comes to the complications that can potentially occur after a tummy tuck, it is important to mention excessive bleeding, blood clot formation, and the developing of an infection.

Infection is a serious complication that can occur after any type of surgery, especially one as complex as the tummy tuck. Each time we are talking about a severe sectioning of the tissues of the body and a large incision, there is a possibility for an infection to occur. An infection can be contracted if safety standards are not high or if the medical staff is not careful or experienced enough. However, in most cases, infections occur after the surgery, during the first two or three days post-op. Most often the causes of infection are unsuitable wounds care and the lack of antibiotic medication. An experienced plastic surgeon will perform the procedure with the patient getting antibiotics through the IV and also to be taken orally for five more days post-op. These are the standards when it comes to infection prevention. 

However, the patient should be prepared to spot an infection after the tummy tuck. Often the signs of infection are high fever, intense pain in the tummy, pus coming from the incision site, and redness in the area. However, what is the most likely to happen is for the patient to get a high fever, even before noticing other symptoms. In case this happens, and especially if you are not under antibiotic medication, the recommendation is to contact your plastic surgeon or go to the hospital immediately. Infection is a severe complication that requires immediate treatment. Otherwise, the wellbeing of the patient is in jeopardy. 

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