Preventing infection after a tummy tuck
A tummy tuck surgery is a procedure that helps remove the excess skin and fat in the stomach. It is a procedure that can help patients further appreciate the type of body they have achieved through proper diet and exercise. Like any medical procedure, there are risks involved in a tummy tuck surgery. One of the possible complications is infection.
An infection can be caused by different bacteria that can enter the body. While there are natural bacteria inside the body, external bacteria can enter from the openings or incisions created during surgery. An infection should be treated with antibiotics as soon as possible, otherwise it can lead to death.
Many surgeons will prescribe pre-operative antibiotics, wherein patients would be required to take antibiotics prior to surgery to help prepare the body against any bacterial contamination that may occur. As there are a number of different antibiotics available, doctors must ensure that the patient is not allergic to these medications to avoid complications.
An infection can occur on the suture site of the tummy tuck surgery. Usual symptoms indicating an infection include abscess, fever, pain, or redness on the incision site. Even if the patient is already taking antibiotics, surgeons must assess the abscess to determine if additional medication needs to be prescribed or further procedures need to be done.
Infection brought about by bacteria such as the Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a more dangerous kind of infection that can occur in patients who have undergone surgery. These types of bacteria are resistant to first generation antibiotics, requiring stronger medication in order to be treated. Patients who have a history of MRSA infection are given this medication during surgery in order to prevent the infection from recurring.
Infection after a tummy tuck surgery can also occur as a result of using non-sterile tools during surgery. Certified, experienced surgeons strictly work in a germ-free environment, and only unprofessional ones (such as those that offer their services at a cheap price) would do so otherwise. It is best to be careful in selecting the right surgeon in order to ensure your own safety.