INTRODUCTION: Obesity is designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the major pandemic of this century. Bariatric surgery is one of the most effective treatments of morbid obesity, since most patients are submitted to reconstructive plastic surgery after major weight loss. Among the surgeries carried out in the formerly obese, dermolipectomy is the procedure that is mostly associated with complications after surgery. The aim of this study was to report the experience of the author in performing anchor dermolipectomy after major weight loss, focusing on complications and patient satisfaction rate.
METHODS: The medical records of 40 patients operated between September 2011 and April 2013 were reviewed in the study. Five patients were excluded from the study, since they could not be found. The patients were asked to score their satisfaction from 1 to 4, where 1 means dissatisfied, 2 poorly satisfied, 3 satisfied, and 4 very satisfied. Trans and post-operative complications, surgical time, hospital stay, drainage time, age, and gender were considered in the study. The data obtained were submitted to a statistical analysis and descriptive statistics.
RESULTS: Among the 35 patients evaluated in our study, only one was male (2.85%). The age varied between 27 and 68 years (average age of 41.25 years). The preoperative weight varied from 58 to 108 kg (average of 73.6 kg); 94.28% of the patients declared themselves as satisfied (score 3 and 4). The main complication was the occurrence of seroma (28.5%), followed by hypertrophic scar (17.14%). No major complication was observed. The average surgical time was 103 minutes (75-140 minutes). The patient was discharged 24 hours after hospital admission.
CONCLUSION: Anchor dermolipectomy is a safe and effective body contouring procedure to be carried out in the formerly obese.
Keywords: Abdominoplasty; Bariatric surgery; Postoperative complications; Patient satisfaction.