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The other night, we hosted a pop-up boutique party for our new online store. After everyone had left, several of the vendors sat around and talked about the different things they have tried to improve their appearance. I don’t know a woman or a man that doesn’t want to work on that little thing that bothers them. A year ago, I found out that I had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. The first thing that gave me a red flag that something was wrong was the weight in my stomach area.
I just figured it was because I was getting older, but alas, that wasn’t the case. When I asked my doctor about the weight, she told me it was caused by the disease. She also told me that one way to get rid of the weight is to have a tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty. You can imagine how this would interest me, especially since we are going to Hawaii in May! I’m not bathing-suit ready!
But what is the recovery process like for a tummy tuck? How long does it take? And, in particular, what about scars? Well it turns out there is a product designed specifically to help eliminate drain-related scars and to help get back to your daily routine sooner. It’s called TissuGlu®. It’s the first surgical adhesive of its kind, elevating the tummy tuck experience like never before to give you the advantage of a drain-free tummy tuck.
Drains are patients’ #1 tummy tuck complaint. Most patients find drains to be uncomfortable and cumbersome during recovery. They can be awkward to hide under your clothes and require maintenance like emptying and measuring fluid. Drains may cause additional scarring and removal can sometimes be painful. Drains may be in place for 1-3 weeks, depending on your procedural plan. TissuGlu is precisely applied with a special applicator. It forms a strong bond between tissue layers, reducing spaces where fluid may collect. TissuGlu allows your body to resorb fluid as part of the healing process so you can recover naturally, without drains. 95% of patients prefer a drain-free procedure.
Get more information about TissuGlu by going to their website: www.tissuglu.com
Important TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive Safety Information:
TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive is indicated for the approximation of tissue layers where subcutaneous dead space exists between the tissue planes in abdominoplasty.
Do not use in patients with known or suspected allergies to urethane-based or isocyanate-containing products.
- Do not use TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive in patients who have had prior exposure to TissuGlu®. Immunological response associated with repeat TissuGlu® exposure has not been studied.
- The effectiveness for the treatment of patients with BMI > 28 has not been established. Higher BMI patients have a propensity for fluid accumulation and may have an increased risk of seroma formation.
- Effectiveness was not observed in weight loss patients undergoing abdominoplasty. Weight loss patients have a propensity for fluid accumulation and may have an increased risk of seroma formation and aspiration.
TissuGlu® may reduce the need for drains after surgery. By using TissuGlu® instead of drains, you may:
- Return to normal activities more quickly
- Experience less discomfort and pain than when drains are used
- Have fewer invasive treatments for fluid management. The results showed that 73% of TissuGlu® patients had no treatments after surgery. However, some patients did require additional invasive treatments including reinsertion of drains.
Clinical studies were performed using TissuGlu®. There were no increased safety risks with the use of TissuGlu® than when drains were used. Potential complications associated with the use of the device and the tummy tuck procedures include seroma (fluid) formation. These complications may require treatments such as drain placement and/or fluid removal by needle, which may be performed in the operating room. Additional potential complications include wound healing issues, rash/redness, surgical site or incision infection, scarring, hematoma (bruise or swelling), incision separation, and immunological reaction.
For full safety information please visit http://tissuglu.com, contact your doctor, or call Cohera Customer Support at 1-800-641-7458.
TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive is currently approved for sale in the United States for the approximation of tissue layers where subcutaneous dead space exists between the tissue planes in abdominoplasty. TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive received European CE Mark in 2011, where it is approved for large flap surgical procedures such as abdominoplasty. TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive is not approved for sale in any other region. Any questions related to the indication for use should be directed to your Cohera Medical Account Manager or to Cohera Medical Corporate Clinical Affairs. Refer to the complete TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive Directions for Use for prescribing and usage information.