Can I get my hernia removed and still have lipo at the same time? What should I do? (Photo)

I already had a tummy tuck in 2013 and a revision on Sept 2014. I was making plans to have lipo sculpture done but I found out I have a hernia above my belly button. I need to have this corrected because not only that bothers me but because it hurts too and I feel a sense of fullness all the time and on top of that I get nausea. But I don't know if I can have both procedures done on the same day.

Doctor Answers 5

Do liposuction on one day and the hernia operation on another

Hi, thanks for your question. It is not recommended that you have both procedures done on the same day – best to have the hernia operation first. There are several hernia operations you can choose from: open tension repair, non-tension or mesh repair; and laparoscopic or closed repair. Once you’ve recovered from that, you can have the liposuction. Laser liposuction that emulsifies fat cells with ultrasound and breaks them up even further with a probe may be the way to go. It involves less discomfort and bruising than most other types of liposuction but it does cost a bit more. Then there’s abdominal etching that can give you “six-pack abs.” It enhances the abdominal muscles by outlining the muscles and then the thin layer of fat than can obscure these muscles. It’s understandable why you are thinking of having these 2 procedures on the same day, but 1 procedure per day, is the way to go.

Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Can I get my hernia removed and still have lipo at the same time? What should I do?

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. This is the surgical procedure that revolutionized cosmetic surgery becoming one of the most performed cosmetic procedures. Subcutaneous tissue or fat is removed in order to contour the body in a way that is harmonious and pleasing to the senses. It can be performed in almost all regions of the body such as the neck, chin, abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs, arms and ankles. Usually done through a small incision in the skin through which a cannula connected to a vacuum is applied, it can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures. After liposuction your body is going to be really swollen for at least 2 to 4 months after your surgery. It is important for you to wear your compression garment for at least 6 months, the first 3 months 24/7 and then the last 3 months at least 12 hours per day for your body get use to not having the faja for so many time. When you remove it, your body can get swollen and also you can have pain. Remember to also compress your body to prevent a seroma which is an accumulation of liquid that has to be drained, it is hard to touch and also really painful. Bruises are completely normal for almost 3 months from surgery, that’s why is better for you to use a bruising cream and apply it all over your body 3 times a day. To prevent bad circulation and swollen legs, use compression socks. Brazilian butt lift can be performed with the same procedure and for a month it will be swollen and it will drop a little bit without losing it’s shape if you use your garment.. If you’re going to perform liposuction on your inner, outer, anterior, lateral, postetior thighs, be careful and consult with your surgeon what’s best for you, sometimes we have more extra skin than fat, that can cause severe sagginess on our legs, which can be only be reversed performing a thigh lift…

Tania Medina de Garcia, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Hernia Repair

You must first repair your hernia and after a few months you could have your lipo. Always consult with certified surgeons in your area.

Derby Sang Caputo, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Hernia first

These two procedures are not really compatible.  I would have the hernia repaired first, then have the liposuction.

Gary Lawton, MD, FACS
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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Can I get my hernia removed and still have lipo at the same time? What should I do? (Photo)

You might find a PS to offer to also lipo at same operate sessions as the GS doing the hernia repair. BUT IT WILL NOT BE ME! I prefer you separate these two surgeries.

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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