Is peripheral edema 4 days post op from panniculectomy normal?
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Swelling After Panniculectomy
However, in the early post-op course, one needs to be concerned about the less likely, but MUCH more serious possibility of blood clots in the legs. This usually happens on only one side and is usually a sudden change. But it can happen in the way you have described. If left untreated, clots can migrate to the lung (pulmonary embolism), which can be life-threatening. For this reason, I STRONGLY recommend you discuss your situation immediately with your Plastic Surgeon, so the appropriate work-up and treatment can be started.
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