Long-term outcome of women who undergo panniculectomy at the time of gynecologic surgery

Jason D. Wright, Emily J. Rosenbush, Matthew A. Powell, Janet S. Rader, David G. Mutch, Feng Gao, Randall K. Gibb

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Objective.: While panniculectomy has been shown to be a useful technique in obese women undergoing gynecologic surgery, the long-term outcome of these patients has been poorly described. The goal of this study was to determine the long-term outcomes and patient satisfaction of women who underwent panniculectomy at the time of pelvic surgery. Methods.: A retrospective review of patients who underwent panniculectomy at the time of pelvic surgery between 1996 and 2004 was performed. Postoperative complications and long-term trends in weight were evaluated. Patient satisfaction was assessed by telephone survey. Results.: Forty-two patients were identified. The mean EBL was 522 ml, the mean operating time was just over 4 h. Wound complications were noted in 36% of the subjects. Two weeks after the procedure, 86% of the women had a weight that was lower than their preoperative weight. Weight loss peaked 3 months postoperatively, 97% of the subjects had a net lower weight, with a mean loss of nearly 20 lb. Over the ensuing 2 years, weight loss gradually declined. After 2 years of follow-up, 62% of the women were below their preoperative body weights. The mean weight loss at 24 months was 7 lb. Overall patient satisfaction with the procedure was high. Eighty-six percent of the subjects responded that they would undergo the procedure again given their outcome. Conclusions.: Panniculectomy is well tolerated and associated with a high rate of patient satisfaction. Panniculectomy is a valuable component of gynecologic surgery in morbidly obese women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-91
Number of pages6
JournalGynecologic oncology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2006


  • Bariatric surgery
  • Gynecologic surgery
  • Obesity
  • Panniculectomy


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