Infusion Rates and Levels of Premedication in Tumescent Liposuction

Dermatologic Surgery


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1997 Abstract

9712-1131 Hanke


Hanke CW, Coleman WP 3rd, Lillis PJ, Narins RS, Buening JA, Rosemark J,
Guillotte R, Lusk K, Jacobs R, Coleman WP 4th.
Infusion rates and levels of premedication in tumescent liposuction. Dermatol Surg. 1997 Dec;23(12):1131-4. PMID: 9426656

Department of Dermatology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis,

BACKGROUND: Tumescent liposuction has proven to be an extremely safe an  effective method of liposuction. However, the infusion of tumescent anesthesia can take 1 hour or more to complete.

OBJECTIVE: To document the types, dosages, and routes of administration of premedication utilized by four experienced tumescent liposuction surgeons. To determine if infusion rates for tumescent anesthesia are affected by types of premedication.

METHODS: Four experienced liposuction surgeons were asked to review their most recent 100 tumescent liposuction patients with respect to types and dosages of premedication and
routes of administration. Data were also provided on corresponding infusion pump settings and infusion rates. Volumes of tumescent anesthesia and corresponding volumes of fat aspirated were also collected on the same 400 patients.

RESULTS: Infusion of tumescent anesthesia could be performed more rapidly in patients who were given greater amounts of premedication. Volumes of tumescent anesthesia
infused were generally two or more times the volume of fat aspirated. Patients could be infused with less premedication if slow infiltration was employed.

CONCLUSION: Infusion rates for tumescent anesthesia can be increased of greater amounts of premedication are given. However, this must be balanced against the safety of the premedication.