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Aesthet Surg J. 2016 Feb;36(2):204-10. doi: 10.1093/asj/sjv122. Epub 2015 Jul 3.

The Impact of Protein Nutritional Supplementation for Massive Weight Loss Patients Undergoing Abdominoplasty.

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Dr Austin is a Resident, Dr Lista is an Assistant Professor, and Dr Ahmad is a Lecturer, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr Lista is Breast Section Co-editor and Dr Ahmad is My Way Section Editor for Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Mr Khan is a Medical Student, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

As more patients undergo bariatric surgery to assist with weight loss, the demand for post-bariatric body contouring surgery, to address both functional and aesthetic concerns, is increasing. However, high wound healing complication rates remain a significant problem for these patients. One theory is that chronic malnourishment and hypoproteinemia may contribute significantly to these wound healing complications.

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of pretreatment protein nutritional supplementation on wound healing in post-bariatric surgery massive weight loss patients undergoing abdominoplasty. Our hypothesis was that protein supplementation would decrease wound healing complications.

METHODS:

A retrospective review was performed of 23 post-bariatric surgery patients undergoing abdominoplasty who received pretreatment protein nutritional supplementation. This group was compared with a historical control group of 23 post-bariatric surgery patients who underwent abdominoplasty in the period immediately before the implementation of the protein supplementation protocol. Patient demographics and procedural characteristics were similar for the two groups.

RESULTS:

Forty-six patients were identified who had undergone abdominoplasty, half of whom were prescribed the protein supplementation protocol. Overall wound healing complication rates were significantly lower in the protein-supplemented group (0.0% vs. 21.8%, p = 0.04). There was no significant difference between the protein supplementation and historical control groups in regards to total complication rate.

CONCLUSIONS:

Pretreatment protein supplementation is a simple intervention that can significantly decrease wound healing complications in post-bariatric surgery massive weight loss patients undergoing abdominoplasty. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE 4: Therapeutic.

PMID:
26141674
DOI:
10.1093/asj/sjv122
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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