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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.
HOW TO PREPARE:
The week before your surgery:
- Write down the correct date, time, and location of your surgery.
- Arrange a ride home. Ask a family member or friend to drive you home after your surgery or procedure. Do not drive yourself home.
- Ask your caregiver if you need to stop using aspirin or any other prescribed or over-the-counter medicine before your procedure or surgery.
- Bring your medicine bottles or a list of your medicines when you see your caregiver. Tell your caregiver if you are allergic to any medicine. Tell your caregiver if you use any herbs, food supplements, or over-the-counter medicine.
- You may need blood or urine tests before your surgery. Talk to your healthcare provider about these or other tests you may need. Write down the date, time, and location for each test.
The night before your surgery:
Ask caregivers about directions for eating and drinking.
The day of your surgery:
- Ask your caregiver before you take any medicine on the day of your surgery. Bring a list of all the medicines you take, or your pill bottles, with you to the hospital. Caregivers will check that your medicines will not interact poorly with the medicine you need for surgery.
- You or a close family member will be asked to sign a legal document called a consent form. It gives caregivers permission to do the procedure or surgery. It also explains the problems that may happen, and your choices. Make sure all your questions are answered before you sign this form.
- Caregivers may insert an intravenous tube (IV) into your vein. A vein in the arm is usually chosen. Through the IV tube, you may be given liquids and medicine.
- An anesthesiologist will talk to you before your surgery. You may need medicine to keep you asleep or numb an area of your body during surgery. Tell caregivers if you or anyone in your family has had a problem with anesthesia in the past.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN:
What will happen:
- An incision will be made around your belly button and on your lower abdomen. Your surgeon will remove extra tissue and skin, and may use liposuction to remove extra fat. The tissues that cover your abdomen muscles will be stitched together to tighten your abdomen. Your surgeon may also remove extra tissue or fat from your thighs and pubic area. He will make a new hole for your belly button and close your incisions with stitches or staples.
- Your surgeon will cut and remove the loose skin and extra fat from your back. The skin over your buttocks will be pulled up and stitched to the edges of the skin on your back to tighten the area. He will close your incisions with stitches or staples. Drains may be put in your surgery area to remove extra blood and fluid.
After your surgery:
You will be taken to a room to rest until you are fully awake. You will be monitored closely for any problems. Do not get out of bed until your healthcare provider says it is okay. You will then be able to go home or be taken to your hospital room.
CONTACT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IF:
- You cannot make it to your surgery.
- You have a fever.
- You get a cold or the flu.
- You have questions or concerns about your surgery.
You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. You may not be happy with the results of your surgery. You may have extra pieces of tissue on your back. You may have numbness in the areas where you have incisions. You may develop poor blood flow to the skin near your incisions. Your incision wounds may not heal properly and may split open. A seroma (pocket of fluid) may form near the wounds. You may get a blood clot in your limb. This may become life-threatening.
Care AgreementYou have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.
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