Top of the page
A panniculectomy is surgery to remove fat and skin that hangs down from your belly. Often the fat and skin come from losing a lot of weight.
You will be asleep during surgery. The doctor makes one or more cuts (incisions) in your belly. Extra fat and skin are removed. Then the skin is brought together and closed with stitches, staples, or skin glue. The surgery leaves one or more scars. The scars will fade with time.
You may go home the same day, or you may spend a day or longer in the hospital. You will need to take it easy for 2 to 3 weeks at home.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
Enter P180 in the search box to learn more about "Panniculectomy: Before Your Surgery".
Current as of: March 3, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine & Ellen K. Roh MD - Dermatology & Thomas M. Bailey MD - Family Medicine
Care instructions adapted under license by your healthcare professional. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, always ask your healthcare professional. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.
©2006-2021 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.