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I absolutely love everything about being a Mom. It’s changed my life in ways I never knew possible and it’s been an incredible adventure. Part of becoming a Mom is watching your body go through amazing changes to adapt for the baby. However, since having my second son in November, I don’t recognize my body anymore. I cringe at my “Mother’s Apron” and I’m working hard, through diet and exercise, to change the shape of my abdomen. It might be impossible for my stomach to return to what it was before children, but I’m interested in a tummy tuck, with TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive, to help me out.
What is TissuGlu?
Along with most patients, my biggest concern about having a tummy tuck is the recovery time. I still have to take care of the kids and work from home. TissuGlu is 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. It’s revolutionary and helps eliminate many of my concerns about the recovery period. TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive is indicated for the approximation of tissue layers where subcutaneous dead space exists between the tissue planes in abdominoplasty (aka tummy tuck).
No Need for Drains
Drains are patient’s #1 tummy tuck complaint. A lot of patients find drains to be uncomfortable during recovery. They can be awkward to hide under your clothes and require maintenance like emptying and measuring fluid. As a Mom, I wouldn’t have time to deal with that during my recovery period.
Drains can also cause additional scarring and removal can sometimes be painful. Drains may be in place for 1-3 weeks, depending on your procedural plan.
TissuGlu gives you a better option! 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.
With TissuGluyou can return to normal activity more quickly, experience less discomfort, and have fewer invasive treatments for fluid management.
Is it right for you?
Do not use it if you have or suspect you have allergies to urethane-based or isocyanate containing products. If you’ve used TissuGlu in the past, you cannot use it again. Immunological response associated with repeat TissuGlu exposure has not been studied.
I know the journey to feeling more like myself is a long one, but I’m looking forward to a tummy tuck with the help of TissuGlu. I feel empowered, knowing the facts, that I’m making a great decision. The freedom of having a tummy tuck without drains could help my recovery be more comfortable. That is a wonderful thing!
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.