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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 31-38

Experience with abdominoplasty at National Orthopedic Hospital, Enugu, South-East, Nigeria

1 Department of Plastic Surgery, National Orthopedic Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria; Department of Surgery, ESUT College of Medicine and ESUT Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria
2 Department of Plastic Surgery, National Orthopedic Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria
3 Department of Surgery, ESUT College of Medicine and ESUT Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria

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Dr. Uwakwe Cosmas Mba
Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, Enugu State University Science and Technology, PMB, 1060, Enugu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jwas.jwas_173_22

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Background: Abdominoplasty is a body contouring surgical procedure designed to improve the contour of the lower trunk. It is one the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in developed countries. In developing nations such as ours, it constitutes a small percentage of aesthetic procedures performed. In our hospital, a number of cases have been done in the past 12 years. However, some studies from developed countries suggest that cosmetic surgeries in developing countries in associated with higher risk of complications. The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcome of abdominoplasties performed in a specialist hospital of a developing country. Patients and Methods: The study was a 12-year retrospective study. The folders of all the patients that had abdominoplasty were retrieved and reviewed. Data was subjected to statistical analysis using PSPP4Windows®17 computer software version 1.4.1, 2019. The results are presented in prose, tables, charts, and figures. Results: A total of 30 women aged between 26 and 59 years had abdominoplasty. All were multiparous. About 76% of the patients had previous abdominal surgeries and 74% of this were caesarean section. No mortality was recorded but some patients had minor complications. The most common was respiratory distress which resolved on supportive treatment. Outcome was satisfactory in 95.5% and good in 4.5% of patients. Conclusion: Abdominoplasty in our environment is safe in trained hands.

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