Panniculectomy after bariatric surgery can improve the quality of a patient's life. A number of complications can occur following the surgery.


(1) surgical site infection

(2) seroma

(3) reoperation/re-exploration

(4) hematoma

(5) skin breakdown/necrosis

(6) wound dehiscence

(7) blood transfusion


Risk factors for complications:

(1) greater body mass index prior to the panniculectomy

(2) diabetes mellitus

(3) smoking

(4) age > 65 years

(5) partial or total dependence in ADL

(6) experience of the surgeon and clinical team

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