Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 81–84 | Cite as

A critical look at abdominal lipectomy following morbid obesity surgery

  • Scott C. Young
  • Arnis Freiberg


This article reviews a series of 26 consecutive nonaesthetic post-morbid-obesity weight loss patients undergoing abdominal lipectomy. Patient satisfaction was assessed by a questionnaire. All patients obtained symptomatic relief but surprisingly most had expected to look better following surgery, indicating the importance of discussing this aspect preoperatively. Technical modifications to remedy some of these problems are discussed.

Key words

Abdominal lipectomy Morbid obesity Patient satisfaction 


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Scott C. Young
    • 1
  • Arnis Freiberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Toronto Western HospitalTorontoCanada

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