Certain Risk Factors Linked to Post-Surgery Infection
Plastic surgeons at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) have published a prospective study that proves there are specific risk factors — such as obesity, smoking and diabetes — that contribute to development of a major surgical site infection following cosmetic surgery.
Past studies looking at complications following cosmetic surgery have been limited by small sample sizes, the use of data from a single surgery center and often a focus on a single type of surgical procedure, so the scientific literature on the topic has been narrow. This study — the first to use a substantial, multi-institutional sample — is significant in that it provides a more “real life” picture of outcomes by using a large national data source, said study co-author Kye Higdon, M.D., assistant professor of Plastic Surgery.
The overall incidence of major complications following aesthetic procedures was shown to be very low; out of the cases analyzed, only 0.46 percent, or 599 patients, developed a major postoperative surgical site infection.
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