Would a Dr. Do Coolsculpting on Someone with an Umbilical Hernia? What Additional Risks Would I Face?

Would a Dr. Do Coolsculpting on Someone with an Umbilical Hernia? What Additional Risks Would I Face?

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Coolsculpting and a hernia

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A hernia is a contraindication to Coolsculpting, and treatment should not be performed on a person with an umbilical hernia. Best of Luck.

Portland Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Coolsculpting and Hernia

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Coolsculpting should not be performed in an area above a hernia as the procedure will aggravate a hernia. Consult with a board certified physician who performs both surgery and nonsurgical procedures to see what alternatives you may have.

Don't treat the fat pouch with Zeltiq's CoolSculpting if a hernia is present in the fatty area

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Zeltiq's CoolSculpting doesn't involve merely freezing the fat, but it uses significant suction to bring the skin and fat pouch into the applicator's treatment area.  Therefore, the applicator can be placed in an adjoining region if the pressure there doesn't disturb the hernia.


The information provided in Dr. Shelton's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice.  The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs. If you are experiencing a medical emergency proceed to your nearest emergency room.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting treatment is not available or safe in area where a hernia is present

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Hello and thank you for asking this question. CoolSculpting is non-invasive technology and is an extremely safe procedure. Because CoolSculpting applicators involve significant vaccum suction, we will not treat over an area where a hernia is present, even if it has been repaired. Many patients who have hernias have CoolSculpting treatment in other areas of their body, so if you're interested in treatment for any other area of your body, CoolSculpting is still an option for you.




Coolsculpting and Umbilical Hernia

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You can have Coolsculpting, but the area with the hernia would have to be avoided. 

Coolsculpting cannot be done around or over the hernia, but you could have your flanks or lower abdomen treated. I would recommend getting the hernia fixed if it is significant.

CoolSculpting and Umbilical hernia

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Coolsculpting is FDA approved for the abdomen and waistline. However, physician can use it off label for other areas as indicated. If you have an umbilical hernia and the area of interest (Waistline) is not close to the hernia, you can have coolsculpting. For abdominal area, I would recommend umbilical hernia repair prior to coolscupting.  The best way to see if you are a candidate for Coolsculpting, is to get a consultation. Many patients in our practice are very happy with their coolsculpting results.

Cooslculpting is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. There is No cutting, No needles, No injections, No garments, No downtime, and No need for anesthesia. The other alternatives may reduce the appearance of fat but does not kill & eliminate the fat cells. Coolscultping and liposonix are the only available non-surgical alternative that actually kill fat cells. I prefer coolsculpting because there is no pain or need for pain meds.


CoolSculpting Contraindications

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A hernia is a contraindication to CoolSculpting.  We would not perform CoolSculpting on a person with an umbilical hernia in my practice. 

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 123 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.