my daughter is 23yrs old never been pregnant, had a car accident 3 years ago, wore a lap seat belt as passenger in back seat. seat belt saved her life yet suffered a vertebrae fracture and shredded the aorta. still has scar from the trauma of the lap belt, her left side of her abdomen swells when eating and drinking and has increased in size and is getting more painful, painful when using her bowels, ultra sound shows 1/5 difference in depth from the other size, no hernia is present,
Can Surgery Fix Stomach Muscle Trauma?
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Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
Abdominal wall re-construction following major blunt trauma
The degree of injury sustained suggests marked trauma to skin, fat and muscle. There are several procedures performed by reconstructive surgeons that may improve appearance and function (flaps, fat grafting, mesh for hernia).
Repair of scarred abdominal wall following massive trauma
I agree with other surgeons in that it is fantastic your daughter survived such a devastating injury. Unfortunately if scar tissue has replaced the abdominal muscles, it may be very difficult to repair this because the muscles cannot be reconstructed. A gap in the muscles can be excised and or repaired but this is typically done only when a hernia exists. Replacing this with mesh will not adquately substitute for an intact abdominal wall.
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This is actually a very complex case and really needs the input of a reconstructive surgeon since there is probably more than one tissue type (e.g.: fat, skin, or muscle) that was apparently effected.
I would look for a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who performs reconstructive surgery and ask him/her this question.
I hope this helps!
Reconstructive surgery may be helpful
Your daughter needs a proper evaluation by a reconstructive surgeon who can examine her, review her xrays, review her history and help you determine if she has a problem that can be surgically improved. Every situation like this requires a specific, individualized examination and plan. Sometimes surgery can help, and sometimes it cannot. Good luck!