EP 167: What to know about a Panniculectomy versus a Tummy Tuck after Bariatric Surgery

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HOST: Bariatric Dietitian Dr. Susan Mitchell 


Congratulations, you’ve worked hard on your journey and, lost a significant amount of weight. But now, you have this …hanging skin… sometimes called an apron… that may cover your thighs and genitals, and your back.  You’ve been thinking about having it removed.  Maybe a panniculectomy is right for you.  A panni what?  A panniculectomy is often done after bariatric surgery or other extreme weight loss to remove excess skin. Bariatric surgeon Dr. Alexandra Zubowicz joins me to answer all your questions about a panniculectomy versus a tummy tuck. You don’t want to miss this interview.

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Podcast Guest: 

E. Alexandra Zubowicz, MD, FACS, FASMBS

General, Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery

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Some of the questions I ask Dr. Alex:

  1. Some of my listeners may have heard the word panniculectomy and had the surgery and others are hearing it for the first time now and asking…what did you say? So let’s start by explaining what a panniculectomy is and why you might need this surgery.
  2. What’s the difference between a panniculectomy and a tummy tuck? abdominoplasty? AND how do you choose a surgeon? Who’s qualified to do panniculectomies?
  3. Is a panniculectomy considered a cosmetic procedure?
  4. What is a realistic outcome that you can expect? Since it's not a full abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), what are some ways to improve cosmetic appearance after panniculectomy?

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