Harlan Pollock

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Abdominoplasty has evolved as a very effective and satisfactory procedure, especially when combined with liposuction and the repair of diastasis recti. However, local complications, including hematoma and seroma formation, flap necrosis, and hypertrophic scars, continue to plague this procedure. The authors present a relatively simple and reproducible(More)
Seroma formation is one of the major postoperative complications of abdominoplasty. Progressive tension sutures have been proposed as an adjunct procedure to combat this problem. Apart from being a simple addition to abdominoplasty, the sutures also eliminate other complications, such as postoperative drains, and increase the patient's mobility.
The safety, efficacy, and rapid recovery of conscious sedation/local anesthesia make this anesthetic technique useful in the ambulatory setting. The care of the sedated patient requires a team effort. The individual role and responsibility of patient, surgeon, anesthesia provider, and nursing staff are discussed. Using data obtained from a series of 1400(More)
The authors describe a simple, safe, and effective way to reduce complications related to abdominoplasty. By using progressive tension sutures, a suture technique to advance and anchor the abdominal flap, they have routinely combined abdominal liposuction and abdominoplasty, with no resulting seroma formation or distal flap necrosis. No drains are used in(More)
  • H Pollock
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • 1993
Recent media attention has transformed breast augmentation, a routine surgical procedure, into a highly controversial one. Capsular contracture is cited in both the lay press and scientific literature as the most frequent complication of breast augmentation. This retrospective study compares two similar groups of breast augmentation patients. The first(More)
BACKGROUND Although abdominoplasty and other body-contouring procedures are being performed more frequently, the incidence of seroma and other complications has remained relatively unchanged. In 2000, a small retrospective series introduced progressive tension sutures (PTS) in abdominoplasty to reduce seroma without the use of drains. OBJECTIVES The(More)
BACKGROUND Performance of deeper and more extensive dissections in face lift procedures has led to more complex procedures, a higher rate of reported complications, and more prolonged convalescence. OBJECTIVE We investigated the use of progressive tension sutures (PTSs) to achieve more controlled, safe, and secure skin flap management and improved(More)
The effect of a wedge-shaped pillow (Ozzlo pillow) was compared with a standard hospital pillow, used to support the abdomen of a pregnant woman while lying on her side, in preventing or alleviating backache and backache-related insomnia; 92 women at 36 weeks' gestation completed the study. Backache was found to be very common (87%), the onset of pain(More)