I wanted my hernia repaired to prevent the possibility of a future obstruction....and I also wanted to look good!!
I'm a 33 year old mother of 4. I just had a complete tummy tuck/hernia repair on August 29th.
I had a bowel obstruction in 2005 and had a large vertical incision and an umbilical hernia. I tried to have the hernia repaired by a general surgeon last year, but that failed miserably. My insurance company would only allow them to re-open my old incision. He chose not to use mesh, but instead closed my rectus muscles with absorbable sutures.
Within three months, my diastasis was worse than ever. My intestines were literally bulging through. This was something that was very difficult for me to live with because I’m extremely fit, and health conscience.
I'm very petite 5'3" and 112 pounds with no extra fatty tissue (normally not the type of person that considers a tummy tuck!) I did not want to go back to another general surgeon to have my problem fixed. I wanted someone who would care about the “finished product” as well as the medical issue. I saw 5 plastic surgeons because I knew how delicate my procedure would be because of this. Two of them even turned me away!
I saw Dr. Pousti for the first time since my procedure a few days ago, and he said that on a scale of "white-hair" inducing tummy tucks, mine was about an 11! He checked out all of my digestive organs, and thankfully everything was okay...and so far, from what we can tell, it looks awesome!! I’m 10 days post-op today, and am feeling stronger every day