Revision Pannulectomy Under Local Anesthesia?

I had a Pannulectomy (major tummy tuck & muscle repair) in July 2006 while we were stationed in South Korea. There were some bad dog ears on both sides, plus a golf ball size lump left of my belly button. I am having a revision done, and I was wondering if it is normal to do that under local anesthesia? It seems scary. He said he has to go 6 inches farther on the right and 5 inches farther on the left, so basically nearly all the way around to my spine. They said they do them all under local.

Doctor Answers (5)

Panniculectomy Anesthesia


Thanks for the question -

The dog-ears can likely be corrected with local anesthesia. I would be concerned about the lump to the left of your belly button. This could be a hernia (especially if you have had gastric bypass surgery or other abdominal procedures prior to your first panniculectomy).

If you have a hernia then correcting this should be done under general anesthesia. You don't mention correcting this lump in your description. If its just the dog ears then local may be ok.

I hope this helps.

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Pannic reviiosn under local?


Revison of dag ears can be done under local anesthesia. Hernis should be done under gen anesthesia

Raj S. Ambay, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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Revision panniculectomy rarely done under local anesthesia


Panniculectomy is an effective procedure to remove the excess overhanging skin of the abdomen. This is usually not performed with a muscle repair. Patients who receive this procedure are prone to have additional sacking of the skin and may need a revision at a later date. If the revision is limited to the skin, or a scar repair, this may be done under local anesthesia. However, if deeper layers of the abdomen need to be accessed, this should be done in a surgery center under regional or general anesthesia.

Although local anesthesia may be more convenient, please always keep your health and well being first.

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Pat Pazmino, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Dog ear revision


A simple dog ear revision can be done under local. If on the other hand a formal lower body lift along the flanks and back are being performed, I would recommend general anesthesia or at least sedation.

Steven Wallach, MD
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Revision panniculectomy under local anesthesia


Good question.

Revision panniculectomy is a relatively common procedure, most often done to address dog ears, as in your situation. It is well within reason to address such a revision under a local anesthetic. The procedure itself is essentially pain-free, quick, and requires nothing more than a local anesthetic in most cases. If you are apprehensive, I would relay the concerns to your plastic surgeon so that she/he can formulate a plan to make your experience as pleasurable and stress-free as possible.

Best of luck!

Glenn Vallecillos, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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