TissuGlu and a Drainless Tummy Tuck
Dr. Richard Restifo describes how TissuGlu® is helping make the drainless tummy tuck procedure a reality for patients.
There’s a new tool in the operating room, and it’s one that could be a game changer when it comes to the tummy tuck. For most patients seeking a tummy tuck, one of the biggest fears is the recovery with its dreaded drains. They have been a necessary “evil” for patients, since they prevent major complications during recovery at the price of discomfort and annoyance. For many patients, the day of the drain may be over.
A new technology could make drains obsolete for most patients. It’s a product that some surgeons were skeptical of in the beginning, but board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Restifo is a believer in TissuGlu for a drainless tummy tuck.
TISSUGLU – UPDATING THE ABDOMINOPLASTY PROCEDURE
A tummy tuck is a big operation with a long recovery time. In short, the procedure is aimed at rejuvenating the female abdomen, specifically when it comes to the abdominal muscles. The muscles will stretch during pregnancies and even weight gain. Not always will they stretch back. When they don’t, think of a rubber band that has lost its elasticity. The abdominal muscles are now loose and no amount of crunches will bring them back.
Once the muscles are brought back together surgically, extra skin and tissue are removed to properly contour the “new” abdomen. The remaining tissue is then laid down over the muscles and the operation is complete – mostly. The final step has up until very recently always involved drains.
When the abdominal tissue is laid back down on the newly tightened muscles, there exists a space between them where fluid collects. This space will close over time, but before that can occur, it needs to be fluid-free to avoid complications. Drains are traditionally left in this space so that the fluid can drain out through tubes that exit the body and collect in a device the patient wears during this stage of recovery.