Drainless Tummy Tuck
Here with Dr. Constance Barone, we are proud to offer patients best in class treatment for procedures such as a tummy tuck (also called an abdominoplasty), which is a procedure where excess skin and fat are surgically removed to create a smoother, firmer stomach area. After surgery, fluid can build up between the tissue layers and interfere with the healing process. So, to prevent fluid accumulation—the #1 complication after a tummy tuck—doctors typically insert drains at the time of surgery.
The first commerical drain was developed in 1932 and there really hasn’t been much technological advancement in this technology since.
Patients’ have lots of complaints about these drains and usually they must stay in for 2-3 weeks, and can only be removed during an office procedure. Other complaints include:
- Drains are awkward & cumbersome & can be difficult to hide under everyday clothing
- Drains are difficult to manage during sleep.
- They can be messy because they need to be emptied multiple times a day.
- Having drains for 3 weeks can prevent a return to work.
- Removing a drain can be painful and cause anxiety.
- Pain and discomfort associated with drains is the #1 complaint of tummy tuck patients.
There's a solution!
TissuGlu® helps you recover beautifully
TissuGlu helps transform recovery into a less invasive, more comfortable experience, freeing you from the burden of drains and eliminating the risk of drain-related infection. You’ll be able to get back to being you more quickly, without worrying about drain-related scars and additional procedures to remove drains. In clinical studies, TissuGlu patients were able to resume normal daily activities (showering, driving, and returning to work) more quickly than those who had traditional drains. Best of all, you won’t have to deal with ugly, awkward drains that require special care and cleaning while you’re healing from a major surgery.
“By eliminating drains from abdominoplasty, it really eliminates the #1 thing that patients complain about.”
TissuGlu is much stronger than other products tried in the past.
than fibrin sealants, which are used in surgery to control bleeding and is the first and only synthetic surgical adhesive approved by the FDA for internal use.
How It Works
Strong. Simple. Safe.
During the tummy tuck procedure, TissuGlu drops are applied in a precise grid pattern with a special applicator. Once applied, TissuGlu creates a strong bond to hold layers together, reducing spaces between layers where fluid may collect. Each drop of TissuGlu is strong enough to hold about 10 pounds of shear force, which is the type of force your body exerts when you bend or twist.
TissuGlu patients reported better quality of life during recovery
TissuGlu patients resumed all measured activities sooner than patients with drains (showering, driving, returning to work) and the percentage of TissuGlu patients showered by days 3 and 6 was nearly 20% higher vs drains, and >10% on day 9.
Dr. Barone has an amazing success rate among patients who have undergone the procedure. Plus, the results are long-lasting for most patients, as long as they exercise regularly, follow a balanced diet, and carefully adhere to Dr. Barone’s post-surgical instructions. Please contact our San Antonio plastic surgery center to set up a tummy tuck consultation or to request further information on TissuGlu.