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Belt Lipectomy

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

A belt lipectomy, or lower body lift, is surgery to remove extra skin and fat from your stomach, back, and buttocks.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.
  • You cough up blood.

Call your surgeon if:

  • Your incision comes apart.
  • Blood soaks through your bandages.
  • Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
  • Your incision wounds are red, swollen, or draining pus.
  • Your pain does not go away, even after you take medicine.
  • You have a fever or chills.
  • You have nausea or vomiting.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Medicines:

You may need the following medicines:

  • Prescription pain medicine will be given. Ask how to take this medicine safely.
  • Stool softeners help prevent constipation while you are taking pain medicine.
  • Antibiotics help prevent infection caused by bacteria.
  • Antinausea medicine helps calm your stomach and prevents vomiting.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Self-care:

  • Care for your incision wounds as directed. Ask your surgeon when you can bathe. He or she will tell you how to care for your incision or bandage.
  • Ask your surgeon about activity and how much you can do. You may need to sit or walk in a slightly bent position for 1 week. This will help decrease strain on your incision. Ask when you can return to daily activities.
  • Wear a support garment as directed. You may need an abdominal support device or certain, snug clothes. These will help support your abdomen and may help you feel less pain while you are healing.

Follow up with your surgeon as directed:

You will need to return to have your drain, stitches, or staples removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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