I Had a Panniculectomy After Gastric Bypass Surgery Caused Loose Skin
Hello, my name is Nirvana. I am 38 years old and a military wife. A little over 4 years ago, I weighed a whopping 523+ pounds. You can obviously understand what this kind of weight can do to your body after losing it.
I had a gastric bypass in 2013, which caused rapid weight loss due to the restriction on how much food I could eat. This rapid weight loss began causing issues, and once I had lost more than 200 pounds, I started developing infections under my pannis. The pannis is the apron that develops under your belly button and hangs down past your private area. My infections were so bad, my skin underneath my pannis was very close to becoming necrotic (dying). My infections constantly reoccured and I decided to consult with my general surgeon about it. He agreed that my pannis was causing health problems and needed to be removed.
If you have seen my 600 pound life on TLC, you may have seen some of the participants on the show have a panniculectomy, or the surgery I was going to have. The word panniculectomy means removal of the pannis. The pannis is the overhanging skin of the lower abdomen that typically occurs after major weight loss, pregnancy or both. A panniculectomy is a functional procedure and not considered cosmetic surgery. It is important to understand that this is not considered plastic surgery! You are often left with a shelf where your top roll has not been pulled down. My surgeon removed 21.6 pounds of skin that was literally almost hitting my knees. It was so heavy that it was throwing my back out and making it impossible to exercise. I can tell you that life without my pannis has been fantastic. Once that skin is gone, you will have a hard time remembering the feeling of it being there. It was like I had a huge weight lifted off of me, literally, and my quality of life has improved dramatically.
I have attached photos and videos that document my journey of having a panniculectomy and my aftercare. I hope you find them informational!