Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Hernia Repair & Abdominoplasty

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Center for Hernia Repair is a frequent choice for patients coming from remote locations with multiple failed hernia repairs in the past.

These patients often have large complicated hernias with significant disfigurement. These large and complex hernias require a completely unique approach for repair. Abdominal wall reconstruction is the preferred term for those cases that involve a more radical approach.

What is Abdominal Wall Reconstruction?

Abdominal wall reconstruction is an advanced surgical technique that restores the normal function of the abdominal wall by strengthening weak or damaged abdominal muscles.

Who Needs Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Hernia Repair?

This procedure is usually recommended for patients:
  • With large or complex hernias
  • Who are experiencing recurrent hernias, or
  • Who have experienced abdominal trauma
  • How is Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Performed?

    Dr Yunis and Patient before surgery in operating room
    In order to facilitate a return to normalcy of the abdominal wall, we emphasize the benefits of reapproximation of the midline by mobilizing the rectus muscles back toward each other. The techniques that are utilized in this setting are called components separation. There are many aspects of component separation including but not limited to anterior division of external oblique, posterior transversus abdominis release (TAR), and posterior rectus release. These procedures can be performed with the DaVinci Robot or with open techniques.

    A mesh (significant variation in type) is used under the rectus muscles but inside the muscular sheath. This mesh may be permanent (usually a lightweight polypropylene ) and at times absorbable. Mesh used in these procedures is “hidden” from the abdominal contents and is the safest way to place mesh.

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    How is Abdominoplasty Different?

    Abdominoplasty means to reshape the abdominal wall and, unlike an abdominal wall reconstruction, removes the excess skin while tightening abdominal muscles.

    While many who suffer from large ventral hernias complain of discomfort or pain, most are also frustrated by the cosmetic disfigurement .

    How is an Abdominoplasty Performed?

    Abdominoplasty involves a transverse incision in the lower pelvis across the pubic bone with extensions under the skin fold to each side. The tightening of muscular laxity, often referred to as diastasis, is performed in addition to hernia repair. Finally the skin is shortened in order to eradicate all laxity and wrinkling and the umbilicus (belly button) is re-implanted to a more natural location.

    Dr Yunis offers abdominoplasty for many of his patients that may also require hernia repair.

    What to Expect After Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Hernia Repair or Abdominoplasty

    As with any surgical procedure, you can expect some form of pain control, incision care and limitations to your daily activities. Read this page to have a better idea of what to expect after hernia surgery.

    Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Hernia Repair & Abdominoplasty in Sarasota, FL

    Our team of experts, including Dr. Jonathan Yunis, has experience in all available hernia repair techniques including abdominal wall reconstruction and abdominoplasty.

    Don't put your hernia problems off any longer. Reduction of pain post-surgery, quick recovery and the prevention of the hernia's recurrence are our priority.  Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
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    What are the different types of abdominal wall reconstruction?

    Abdominal wall reconstruction is a surgical procedure that repairs a weakened or damaged abdominal wall through techniques such as primary repair, component separation, tension-free repair, laparoscopic repair, robotic-assisted repair, or musculofascial repair, and may involve the use of mesh and/or laparoscope to achieve the desired outcome.

    What are the complications of abdominal wall reconstruction?

    During abdominal wall reconstruction, some medical conditions can increase the risk of complications such as infections, respiratory or cardiac problems, blood clots, or recurrence.

    How long does abdominal wall hernia surgery take?

    The length of time for an abdominal wall hernia surgery can vary, but it typically takes between 1 to 3 hours. The exact duration of the surgery depends on various factors such as the type and size of the hernia, the surgeon's experience, and the surgical approach used.

    How soon can you walk after abdominal surgery?

    The majority of individuals are able to move about freely within 3-5 days following the surgery. Short walks on a regular basis are beneficial, such as around your bed area, to the bathroom, or just strolling to view out the window.

    How do I strengthen my abdominal wall after surgery?

    To strengthen your abdominal wall after surgery, gradually return to physical activity with the guidance of your doctor, perform core strengthening exercises such as planks and bridges, maintain good posture, avoid heavy lifting, and gradually return to normal activities. A physical therapist may be helpful in developing the plan for improving strength after surgery.

    What foods should I avoid after abdominal surgery?

    After abdominal surgery, it's important to follow a well-balanced diet that provides the necessary nutrients for healing and recovery, while avoiding spicy, fatty, fibrous, carbonated, alcoholic, and caffeinated foods, as they may cause discomfort, slow down digestion, increase the risk of constipation or dehydration, and interfere with the healing process.

    What vitamins help heal after surgery?

    Vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin A, C, D, E, Zinc, Iron, and Folate, play a crucial role in the healing process after surgery by promoting tissue growth and repair, reducing inflammation, regulating calcium levels, producing new cells, and supporting the production of collagen and red blood cells.

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