Panniculectomy after c section: what you need to know
In this article, I will tell you what you need to know about a complicated and scary procedure called panniculectomy after c section. This type of surgery is a common complication following giving birth, and knowing the details beforehand can make the experience much more manageable.
What is a panniculectomy?
The goal of a panniculectomy is to improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks on your lower abdomen after childbirth. The procedure, which is also known as a tummy tuck, removes excess skin and fat that was left behind after you delivered your baby.
Why would you need a panniculectomy after c section?
A panniculectomy after c section may be necessary as part of your healing process. You might have a skin-graft to replace the skin that was lost or left poor quality because of the surgical procedure and you may need to reduce the size of an enlarged pannus (a buildup of extra, fatty tissue on the abdomen following pregnancy or weight loss). Your plastic surgeon will discuss this with you before your surgery but it is important to know that a complete removal of all panniculectomy tissues can cause significant weight gain and a “missing” belly button.
How much does a panniculectomy cost?
A panniculectomy is an open or closed reduction of the pannus that is brought about by cesarean section. This procedure is performed for several reasons and one of them would be reducing the size of a pannus. The cost to perform a panniculectomy varies from hospital to hospital but usually ranges between $3,000-$6,000.
What is the recovery like with a panniculectomy after c section?
Many women who have undergone a c section are left with a flat tummy, or panniculectomy. This surgery is done to remove the extra skin on your belly and thighs as it can cause problems for your future pregnancies. Most women recover from this surgery within six weeks. It usually takes about three months for you to see the full results.
What are the risks and benefits of undergoing a panniculectomy after c section?
Many women are not aware of the risks and benefits of undergoing an abdominoplasty after a c-section. The most important aspect of this decision is the woman’s overall health and body composition. Risks include infection, blood clots, and delayed wound healing. Benefits include reduced risk of developing another pregnancy with too much fat in the abdomen which increases the risk of complications and organ rejection.
When should you consider having an operation to have your excess skin removed or reduced
There is no standardized schedule for when a woman should have this type of surgery, and the decision should be left up to the individual. The main criterion is that your excess skin must be causing problems that are affecting your quality of life.