I am having a tummy tuck, lipo, and fat graft next month. I am wondering what type of antibiotics will be prescribed.
What Type of Antibiotics Are Prescribed After a Tummy Tuck, Liposuction As Well As a Fat Graft?
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Tummy Tuck and Antibiotics
Antibiotics in plastic su
Each doctor has their own protocol for antibiotics which will be used during cosmetic surgery. For most surgeons, one dose of antibiotics given intravenously during surgery is considered the standard. I also give a five day course of oral antibiotics for tummy tucks because it is an operation with a higher infection risk. Follow the directions given by your surgeon. Each surgeons recommendations may be different depending on their experience.
Antibiotics After Surgery
For healthy plastic surgery patients without any contamination, the most important antibiotic is the one given IV within 1 hour of starting surgery, usually a cephalosporin called Ancef.
With very few exceptions, it is NOT necessary to give antibiotics after surgery as there is no evidence that they prevent infections but can cause complications (intestinal infections, allergic reactions, fungal infections, etc) as well as add additional costs to the procedure.
National quality measures used in most hospitals actually discourage the use of antibiotics for more than 24 hours after surgery in almost all cases.
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Hi, most surgeons use an intravenous dose of cephalosporin just before the surgery followed sometimes by pills for a short period depending on the surgeon.
please follow the instruction of your own surgeon as he is in the best position to know what's best for you.
Antibiotics After a Tummy Tuck,
Most of the infectious disease and surgical scientific papers on the matter suggest a single intravenous dose of antibiotic given at the start of surgery, and repeated at four hours if the surgery is still proceeding. This clearly decreases the already low chance of wound infection. Addition dosing after surgery adds no further protection.
Some surgeons do prefer to add oral antibiotics after surgery until, for example, drains are removed, others don't. A call in to your surgeon will get the answer that will apply to you! Thanks and best wishes.
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