Abdominoplasty With Hernia Repair in Corpus Christi, TX
Generally, an umbilical hernia occurs when part of an organ or other tissue protrudes through the abdominal muscle walls. Hernias are painful and potentially dangerous occurrences that require surgical correction. Fortunately, that surgical correction uses techniques that are very similar to a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Because of this, these two treatments can be combined to correct your hernia and restore tighter, fitter abdominal contours.
This combination procedure offers a practical and effective way of strengthening and tightening the abdominal muscles to provide the patient with multiple health and aesthetic benefits.
Am I a Candidate for Abdominoplasty With Hernia Repair?
A tummy tuck is designed to tighten, contour, and rejuvenate the abdominal area so that it appears flat and toned. When combined with hernia repair, patients can fix the issues of a weakened abdominal wall while achieving a more aesthetic midsection.
The goal here is to reshape the midsection while repairing the herniated area, regardless of whether the abdominal stretching is caused by pregnancy or from carrying excess abdominal fat.
Good candidates should be in good overall health, non-smokers, and have realistic expectations of the procedure’s outcome.
How Is Abdominoplasty With Hernia Repair Performed?
Abdominoplasty with hernia repair surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia for the patient’s comfort and safety. The combined procedure begins by making an incision around the belly button and another that extends to both sides of the hip (beneath the bikini line) to access the underlying muscles, including the hernia defect.
Abdominoplasty is performed to remove excess skin and fat and elevate the loosened muscles of the abdominal wall to reduce the bulging of the lower abdomen. Dr. Vijay will then push the displaced abdominal organs behind the muscle wall and tighten the weak/damaged abdominal muscles to repair the hernia. The final step is to close the incision.
What Is Recovery Like After a Tummy Tuck With Hernia Repair?
Recovery from abdominoplasty with hernia repair is similar to that of any abdominal surgery.
Usually, the recovery timeline will depend on the individual, their health condition, and the extent of surgery, but on average, full recovery takes three to six months.
Swelling, bruising, and general discomfort are expected in the first few days of recovery. Taking pain medications helps manage the discomfort. Most patients can resume work and light activities in two weeks, although strenuous activity and heavy lifting should be avoided until six to eight weeks after surgery.
Patients should follow all post-operative instructions for optimal healing.
What Results Can I Expect From My Abdominoplasty With Hernia Repair Procedure?
Following the surgery, patients can enjoy a slim, attractive physique with the added benefit of removing the hernia once and for all. The best way to maintain the results of the procedure is to commit to a healthy lifestyle.
Interested in Abdominoplasty With Hernia Repair in Corpus Christi, TX?
Are you concerned with the overall appearance of your stomach, have weakened abdominal muscles, or have an umbilical or another muscle hernia? Contact us today at 361-888-7417 or fill out our online form to schedule your consultation, learn more about the procedure, and determine if it is the right treatment option for your specific concerns.