Heating-pad burn as a complication of abdominoplasty

Ege G., Ozcan M.

BRITISH JOURNAL OF PLASTIC SURGERY, vol.56, no.1, pp.52-53, 2003 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 56 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0007-1226(03)00014-6
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.52-53


As the sensory nerves supplying the abdominal wall are divided during abdominoplasty, sensory changes occur in the abdominal skin after surgery, which are troublesome for some patients. These sensory changes can lead to burn injury in uninformed patients. We report the case of a patient who sustained a second-degree burn to the anterior abdominal skin following the application of a heating pad after an abdominoplasty. This burn healed with conservative treatment. Burn injuries due to sensory loss in the abdominal skin following abdominoplasty must be kept in mind, and patients must be informed about this complication. (C) 2003 The British Association of Plastics Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.