Will this affect my hernia in any way? (photos)

I have had 2 repairs of a reoccurring hernia I have not been back to receive my third repair in which I was told to loose weight before I can have my surgery. I was thinking of having a cool sculpting procedure done in place of my surgery.

Doctor Answers 6


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Coolsculpting can't be performed over hernia.

Coolsculpting is an excellent form of non-invasive  fat reduction for the right patient. Some applicators take 1 or 2 hours but the new advantage applicators take only 35 minutes and have significantly less risk for delayed onset pain (especially in the abdomen). Results are seen at 2 months and typically 1-3 treatments will be necessary on each area to achieve ideal results. The number of treatments depends on the amount of fat there and the patient's goals.  There is not downtime and the results can be impressive in the right patient.  We also use the Zimmer Z-wave for improved patient comfort and added results. The best candidates are those who are in pretty good shape with areas of stubborn fat that won't go away no matter what.

My best,

Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM

Beverly Hills, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Hernia and CoolSculpting

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Thank you for your question. CoolSculpting is not meant to treat over previous hernia repairs due to the strong suction of the applicator. I would recommend speaking to your doctor to have the hernia fixed first. Should you still be interested in CoolSculpting, seek out a certified plastic surgeon to see where exactly you are looking to be treated. If the amount of fat in the area is small and not directly over the repair, Zeltiq has a CoolSmooth Pro applicator that may be sufficient. 

Randolph Capone, MD, FACS
Baltimore Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

Coolsculpting and Hernias

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If you have a hernia you cannot have coolsculpting in the same area. I suggest you see an expert for a consultation.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 207 reviews

#CoolSculpting with hernia

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 You can have CoolSculpting with a hernia only if it is not administered over the area of the hernia.  I hope this is helpful!  Dr. Clark

Sheryl D. Clark, MD
New York Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

CoolSculpting Over A Hernia

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I would not perform CoolSculpting directly over your hernia. I would recommend following your surgeon's orders and getting your hernia fixed first.

Michael A. Zadeh, MD, FACS
Sherman Oaks General Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Can't do coolsculpting with hernias

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Thank you for the great question and photos.  Havin a hernia is a contraindication for coolsculpting. Because the machine is using suction to pull the fat into the applicator you don't want your hernia pulled in there as well! Best of luck with you next surgery!~Dr  Sieber

David A. Sieber, MD
San Francisco General Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

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