Drain-Free Tummy Tuck with TissuGlu®
Introducing the Drain-Free Tummy Tuck with TissuGlu®
HKB is pleased to offer a revolutionary surgical technique that can eliminate the need for surgical drains in tummy tuck procedures! Drains are typically inserted post-operatively to prevent fluid accumulation that occurs between tissue layers after surgery. Although they have been necessary for quite some time, drains are awkward, messy, and cumbersome for patients to carry around for weeks after their procedure. TissuGlu works by strongly adhering the tissue layers together, allowing fluid to resorb naturally during healing. As innovators in plastic surgery, we are proud to give our patients a recovery free from anxiety about the aftercare of drains.
Transform Your Recovery with TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive
Are you considering a tummy tuck, but are worried about drain discomfort and burdening your caregiver?
At HKB we know that drains have been around a long time, often associated with anxiety and pain for patients during recovery. HKB is proud to offer an innovative product that can eliminate the need for drains in tummy tuck procedures. TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive is an FDA approved internal adhesive that can provide you with a drain-free recovery, thus allowing you to get back to normal activity and start enjoying your results more quickly. TissuGlu patients have been shown to resume activities, such as showering, driving, and returning to work sooner than patients with drains.
View the TissuGlu patient brochure here.
The Drain-Free Advantage of TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive
Here at HKB we pride ourselves on offering the most cutting edge treatment for our patients, which is why are excited to offer a drain-free option for our tummy tuck procedures. During an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), excess skin and fat are removed to create a smoother, firmer stomach area. After surgery, fluid can build up between tissue layers, causing a delay in the healing process. Drains are typically placed post-operatively as a means of preventing this fluid accumulation. By using TissuGlu in our tummy tucks, we can eliminate the need for burdensome drains and the stress they can cause during recovery.
Q & A’s:
What is TissuGlu?
TissuGlu is the first and only FDA approved surgical adhesive for internal use. It’s lysine-based, so it’s completely safe and breaks down into harmless components within the body. During the tummy tuck procedure, TissuGlu is applied in a grid pattern with a very precise applicator. After application, TissuGlu creates a strong bond to hold the tissue layers together, helping reduce the space between layers where fluid usually collects. TissuGlu is incredibly strong, with the ability to hold about 10 pounds of shear force (the type of force your body exerts when you bend or twist).
How does TissuGlu work?
TissuGlu is applied in a grid pattern with a precise applicator to create multiple points of contact to ensure that the tissue layers are bonded together very tightly. This strong bond prevents pockets where fluid can accumulate, allowing your body to resorb fluid naturally as part of the healing process instead of having to recover with cumbersome drains.
Who is a candidate for TissuGlu?
A drain-free tummy tuck with TissuGlu may not be for everyone. Depending on your health history or procedural plan, you may have an increased risk of fluid accumulation. Schedule a consultation with one of our doctors to find out if a drain-free tummy tuck with TissuGlu is the right experience for you.
What are the benefits of TissuGlu?
TissuGlu gives our patients the advantage of no post-operative drain care, a better quality of life during recovery, and less burden on caregivers. We know that the pain and discomfort associated with drains is the number one complaint of abdominoplasty patients. Instead of spending time managing messy drains and anticipating the potentially painful drain removal procedure, you can get back to being you and start enjoying your results more quickly with TissuGlu.
With TissuGlu, you’ll have the advantage of no messy post-operative drain care, a better quality of life during recovery, and less burden on your caregiver. We know that many patients experience drain-related pain and anxiety about the drain removal process. TissuGlu can eliminate any fears regarding drains and allow you to return to normal activity (showering, driving, returning to work) more quickly.
What is recovery like with TissuGlu?
TissuGlu patients experience a better quality of life during recovery compared to drains. Our patients often feel so good after their tummy tucks that they want to do more than we recommend for post-operative activity, but remember you just had major surgery and you’ll need time to heal. Be sure to carefully follow your doctors recovery instructions.
TissuGlu patients experience a better quality of life during recovery compared to drains. A clinical study proved that patients who used TissuGlu returned to a normal work schedule approximately 3 days sooner than those with drains. Although you might feel eager to resume heavy activity following your tummy tuck with TissuGlu, please remember you just had a major surgery and your body will need time to heal. Be sure to carefully follow your doctors recovery instructions.
What are the risks associated with TissuGlu?
Extensive clinical studies were performed using TissuGlu and there were no increased safety risks. Potential complications are associated with the tummy tuck procedure and also with TissuGlu. They can include seroma (fluid) formation, rash/redness, infection, scarring, hematoma (bruising or swelling), incision separation, and immunological reaction. Ask your doctor to explain the risks and potential complications associated with the tummy tuck procedure and with TissuGlu.
Call us today to schedule your tummy tuck with TissuGlu consultation. Call us at (704) 659-9000 or Contact Us.