I have a pendulous abdomen as a result of a 70lb weight loss and an umbilical hernia. Can both of these be done simultaneously?
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Hernia repair and tummy tuck at the same time?
Providing that you are a candidate for surgery in general, then in most instances it is preferable to have both the hernia repair and the tummy tuck performed at the same time. The advantages of such a combination of procedures is that you will have only one recovery, one period of "down time" and there may be an economic advantage to combining the two procedures. A disadvantage of separate operations is that if you do one of the procedures first, then there will be scar tissue that the second surgeon will have to deal with at the next stage of your operation making this surgery more difficult. Plan to consult a Board Certified plastic surgeon familiar with combined operations who can demonstrate plenty of experience treating your type of hernia/tummy shape..
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Thanks for your question and great job on the weight loss. A tummy tuck and hernia repair are routinely performed together. An umbilical hernia is a weakness that occurs from the separation in the midline of the two abdominal muscles. Usually with a tummy tuck, I will perform liposuction to remove excess pockets of fat, bring the tummy muscles back together in the midline, which would repair the hernia, sculpt the waistline, and remove excess skin. Just discuss with your plastic surgeon what your concerns are. Your plastic surgeon can advise you whether both can be done at the same time.
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
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