So, a comparison study of the techniques was inevitable. In the study I'm reviewing today, published in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 43 tummy tuck patients were divided into 3 groups, receiving either drains, quilting sutures or fibrin glue during closure of their tummy tuck. Ultrasound scanning was then used to check for the presence or absence of fluid at 15 and 30 days post-op.
Results: both quilting sutures and drains worked significantly better than fibrin glue. Seromas were less common at 30 days than at 15 days in all treatment groups.
Comment: This result pleases me, since I use one of the better techniques (drains) when I perform a tummy tuck. Also, fibrin glue is quite expensive,so avoiding its use saves some money for the patient. The fibrin glue, even though it sounds high-tech and modern, failed to perform here. The results of using fibrin glue during facelift surgery have also been unimpressive in other studies.