Obesity and tummy tuck complications
A person with a body mass index of above 30 is already considered obese. According to the CDC, over 30% of the adult population is now considered obese based on BMI.
When it comes to undergoing surgery, there are studies that show that obese patients are vulnerable to a higher risk of postoperative complications. It includes 5 times higher rate of heart attack, 7.1 times higher rate of wound infection, and 1.5 times higher rate of urinary tract infection. Experiencing sleep apnea and hypoventilation syndrome are associated conditions as well.
However, there is no proven conclusion that obesity is the actual cause of an increased rate of postoperative complications. This is because there are differently designed studies and methods that have been used in carrying out the experiment. The level of risk has no strict definition as well. There are even studies carried out that show no relation between obesity and increased rate of complications after surgery.
However, when it comes to tummy tuck surgery, the main concern often shows that obese people experience problems when it comes to wound dehiscence or wound opening after surgery, wound healing problems, and wound infection.
Usually, the BMI is used to determine the risk of obesity and the complications of the surgery. Though there are conflicting issues about the relationship of the two, one thing is certain. A patient with a BMI of over 30 is not a good candidate for any kind of cosmetic surgery. That’s why if you are obese, you will be required to reach a BMI that is within the healthier scale in order for you to get the best results of the procedures.