Panniculectomy with bariatric surgery in super morbid obesity patients

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Edizioni Luigi Pozzi

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OBJECTIVE: Panniculitis is an inflammation of the subcutaneous fat common in patients defined as super-super obese (>60 kg/m2). Poor hygiene and skin infections are common in the super morbidly obese group due to impaired metabolism of subcutaneous fat tissue, especially at abdominal folding. In our study, we will discuss the short-term results of panniculitis that develops as a result of these, simultaneously with bariatric surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In our study, six super morbid obese patients with Body Mass Index (BMI) of 80 kg/m(2), 77 kg/m(2), 74 kg/m(2), 72 kg/m(2), 68 kg/m(2), 65 kg/m(2), respectively, and sub umbilical skin tissue panniculitis were evaluated. These patients underwent bariatric surgery as a result of the obesity council decision. In the preoperative evaluation of the patients, it was observed that the blood supply to the subcutaneous fat tissues under the umbilicus was impaired, and the dermis/epidermis was hypertrophied. RESULTS: Mean BMI of patients 73 kg/m(2). Sleeve Gastrectomy (SG) was performed in 4 patients, Mini Gastric Bypass (MGB) was performed in 1 patient, and modified transit bipartition was performed in 1 patient. Infected erythematous lesions were detected on the skin secondary to ischemia, especially in some areas. After the patients performed the operations, a panniculectomy of approximately 70x30x20 cm was performed from under the umbilicus to the transverse line and up to the fascia. CONCLUSION: Panniculectomy and bariatric surgery are recommended in the appropriate patient group. Extensive prospective studies are required to define further the burden of infectious morbidity and mortality conferred by obesity.


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Bariatric Surgery, Obesity, Panniculectomy


Annali Italiani Di Chirurgia

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