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Clin Plast Surg. 2008 Jan;35(1):173-83.

Safety first: precautions for the massive weight loss patient.

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Department of Plastic Surgery, Georgetown University Medical Center, 3800 Reservoir Road NW, Washington DC, 20007, USA.


A significant increase in bariatric procedures has led to success in maintaining long-term weight loss. The increasing population of patients who have lost massive amounts of weight also has led to a growing responsibility placed on body-contouring surgeons to perform safe and cautious procedures in this inherently difficult patient population. We stratify risk groups and present several case reports and a systematic review of safety precautions. The risks and complications of body contouring can be minimized by a team approach with a meticulous attention to patient evaluation, preoperative planning, safe detailed operative measures, and thorough postoperative care.

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