Surgical Management of the Giant Pannus: Indications, Strategies, and Outcomes

Joseph Michaels, Devin O'Brien-Coon, Nicholas A. Calotta, J. Peter Rubin

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Abstract

The obesity pandemic continues to produce an inexorable increase in the number of patients requiring surgical treatment of obesity and obesity-related complications. Along with this growing number of patients, there is a concomitant increase in the complexity of management. One particular example is the treatment of patients with an exceptionally large and morbid pannus. In this report, we detail the management of seven patients suffering from a giant pannus. Medical and surgical variables were assessed. A quality of life questionnaire was administered pre- and postoperatively. All seven patients suffered some obesity-related medical morbidity and six of seven (86%) had local complications of the giant pannus. Each patient underwent giant panniculectomy [resection weight > 13. 6 kg (30 lb)]. The mean resection weight was 20.0 kg. Four of seven (57%) patients experienced postoperative complications, with two (29%) requiring re-operation and blood transfusion. Six patients were available for long-term follow-up; 100% of participants indicated an increased quality of life while five (83%) reported additional postoperative weight loss, increase in exercise frequency and walking ability, and improved ability to work. Our results indicate that giant panniculectomy is a challenging and risky procedure, but careful patient selection and intraoperative scrutiny can ameliorate these risks and afford patients a dramatically improved quality of life. Level of Evidence IV This journal requires that authors assign a level of evidence to each article. For a full description of these Evidence-Based Medicine ratings, please refer to the Table of Contents or the online Instructions to Authors www.springer.com/00266.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalAesthetic Plastic Surgery
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Dec 21 2017

Keywords

  • Giant
  • Obesity
  • Panniculectomy
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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