49 y/o patient 4 months post high-lateral tension abdominoplasty without use of drains

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49 year old woman, 5'2", 149 lbs, 3 children. 4 months post high-lateral tension abdominoplasty. Progressive tension and quilting sutures were used to re-attach the abdominal flap to the abdominal wall. Therefore no drains were required and none were used. The rectus repair was done in three layers, first with interrupted permanent figure of 8 sutures of braided nylon, then with a double layer or running slowly-dissolving PDO Quill sutures. The umbilical recipient site was defatted and sutured to the abdominal wall adjacent to the umbilicus, thus inverting and reducing scar visibility.

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