Can You Get Hernias from Tummy Tuck?

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Hernias from Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

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Hernias occur when there is a weak area or even a hole in the fascia or tissue surrounding the muscle. This allows the abdominal contents to move through the fascia and a sack is created.

When an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is performed, routinely the midline fascia is repaired which can prevent ventral hernias from occurring. If other defects are noticed they are usually repaired. So not only do tummy tucks not cause hernias but they can prevent them as well.

Abdominoplasty hernia

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Yes, You can get hernias from an abdominoplasty although it is unlikely. When dissecting the fat and skin off the anterior abdominal wall the anterior abdominal fascia can be violated leading to a post operative hernia. This would only occur if it was not recognized by the surgeon. An experienced surgeon knows what plane to be dissecting in and thus this should not occur.

Sharon Theresa McLaughlin MD
Long Island City Plastic Surgeon

Hernia are not generally caused by a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)

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Generally you do not get hernias from a tummy tuck but several situations can occur which can make a hernia seem to appear postoperatively.

A small hernia such as an umbilical hernia which was present prior to surgery but relatively undetectable can be more prominent postoperatively when the excess skin and fat are removed.

Separtion of the muscle repair postoperatively can occur and simulate a hernia as well.

There are many other potiential situations which can make a hernia appear postoperatively but this should not be an expected outcome of tummy tuck surgery.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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No, you don't get hernias from "tummy tuck"

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I suppose anything is possible, but it's hard to imagine a hernia resulting from an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).  Often hernias are encountered during the procedure and they are repaired.

It is very unusual

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 You question is not very clear and if you explain the situation and the circumstance of the hernia ,we can answer you better. The other surgeons explained it well . Typical tummy tuck will not cause hernia . Umbilical hernia and diastesis of the rectus muscle are repaired during tummy tuck.

Kamran Khoobehi, MD
New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
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Hernias from tummy tuck very rare

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You can never say "never" in Medicine since there must be 1 or 2 cases out there but the odds of a standard abdominoplasty causing a hernia is very close to ZERO. If anything, we repair midline hernias (laparoscopic surgery) and midline diastasis with a tummy tuck.

If you include more information and maybe a photo we may be able to help you more with your concerns.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Hernia from Tummy Tuck

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It would be very unusual to get a hernia following a TT.  It is possible, however, if a significant tear were to be made in the muscular fascia without recognizing it and repairing it.  This would be extremely unlikely to occur with an experienced Plastic Surgeon.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon

Hernias from tummy tuck

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Not typically. Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) does not violate the abdominal cavity. The procedure mainly includes removal of skin and fatty tissue as well as tightening of the abdominal wall by bringing the rectus muscles closer together. Since there are no incisions into the abdominal wall, hernias typically do not occur. There is always the possibility of hernia should the abdominal wall be violated inadvertently, but this is a rare occurrence. Good luck!

Dr. Singer

Elan B. Singer, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Can you get hernias from a tummy tuck?

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Part of the tummy tuck procedure( abdominoplasty) is to repair the diastasis ( separation) between the rectus muscles (the six pack). Sometimes there is a hernia in this location that requires repair (ventral hernia) or umbilical hernia. During a tummy tuck the abdominal wall is exposed and should be carefully examined for evidence of hernia. These can be repaired at the time of the abdominoplasty and occasionally dermal grafts or synthetic mesh may be necessary in order to repair these areas.

Can the tummy tuck operation cause a hernia? It would be unusual but it is possible that a repair in one location may result in weakening in another location especially if the tissues have been overly stretched and weakened by multiple pregnancies. I hope this helps.

Joel B. Singer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon

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