Plastic and Reconstructive Body Contouring in the Post-vertical Banded Gastroplasty Patient: a retrospective review

Obes Surg. 1991 Dec;1(4):413-417. doi: 10.1381/096089291765560827.


Class IV obesity (body mass index >40) is associated with an increased risk of a variety of health problems, many of them potentially life-threatening or life-shortening. Vertical banded gastroplasty (VBG) is currently the most frequently performed surgical procedure used to restrict food intake, and assist with weight loss. After massive weight loss, however, redundant abdominal and breast tissue can result in physiological and psychological problems related to an unusual body habitus. Patients complain of difficulties with daily activities, choice of clothing, social acceptance, etc. Body contouring has proven to be an important part of the rehabilitation of the morbidly obese patient, and we have therefore reviewed the records of 55 patients who experienced massive weight loss following VBG and then underwent abdominoplasty with or without mammoplasty/mastoplexy, in order to assess the parameters which will be seen more frequently in the future by plastic surgeons as bariatric surgery becomes more widely accepted and performed