Endoscopic Abdominoplasty

Endoscopic surgery is surgery performed using an endoscope, which is a fiber optic instrument that allows a surgeon to see into a body cavity. The endoscope is usually inserted into the area of the surgery through one small incision and other instruments that enable the surgeon to manipulate tissue, make incisions, and place sutures are inserted through other small incisions. The incisions in endoscopic surgery are often only an inch long.

Some tummy tucks can be performed endoscopically. This type of tummy tuck is an option for people with weakened muscles in the lower abdomen and excess abdominal fat, but who still have relatively tight abdominal skin. However, someone who has a lot of loose skin will not benefit from this type of procedure because it cannot remove loose skin.

The surgeon will use the endoscope to view the abdominal muscles and suture them together. After the procedure is finished, the instruments are removed and the incisions are closed with one or two sutures.

An endoscopic procedure is not nearly as invasive as full abdominoplasty surgery, but it will still require an ample recovery time. The surgeon may also insert a drain; a plastic tube and collection device that is left in the incision site to prevent fluid build-up. Excessive fluid build-up in the abdominal area can cause complications or poor healing of the incision.

The disadvantage of endoscopic abdominoplasty is that the surgeon may not be able to correct the abdominal muscles as much as he or she could with an open surgery.

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