Epigastric hernia.

I have a Epigastric hernia. What causes this? I had a 12.5 lb baby 27 years ago and carried it all in front. Could that be the reason? Also. To have that fixed will they tighten the abdominal muscles? Can it be coupled with a tummy tuck?

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Hernia repair with tummy tuck

This is a common question and fortunately for you the two procedures can be combined. It is possible you had a small hernia that became enlarged over time and it is common to combine hernia repair with a tummy tuck. The muscles will be tightened after the hernia is repaired and this should reinforce the repair. Make sure that you see a board certified plastic surgeon who is qualified to perform both procedures.

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Epugastric hernia

Epigastric hernias are usually just weakenings in the upper midline abdominal wall. They areven not caused think of it as a birth defects that pregnancy can worsen. When then occur after a surgery they can be similar but then are called a ventral hernia.
A general surgeon usually fixes and Epigastric hernia and is covered by insurance.  The mesh may strengthen the whole upper abdomen. Insurance  will cover if symptomatic A plastic surge on can fix an Epigastric hernia at the same time as a tummy tucks and muscle repair but the tummy tucks will not be covered by insurance and the hernia repair does not decrease the cost of the tummy tucks. In fact it may increase the cost because instead of at a cheaper office based facility  they may require a network hospital and higher costs.Get a good consultation to find out the options 

Hernia of the upper abdomen

Epigastric hernia, also known as a ventral hernia, is a very common condition associated with pregnancy. It can also occur as a result of congenital weakness of the tummy muscles. It can be repaired by itself or in conjunction with a tummy tuck. When you consult a Board Certified plastic surgeon, make certain that your surgeon can demonstrate plenty of experience dealing with your condition.

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