How does abdominal wall reconstructive surgery work?
Abdominal reconstruction typically uses a combination of surgical techniques to modify your existing abdominal wall to reduce and fix the hernia, as well as the use of different types of mesh to reinforce any tissue that is weak. This is called component separation, as the the components of the abdomen are separated into their different layers to allow them to move more freely. Once the tissue has been maximally mobilized, a mesh is typically placed behind it to strengthen the repair.
Conditions potentially corrected by abdominal wall reconstruction surgery
- Ventral hernias – hernias that form in the midline
- Recurrent hernias – hernias that have come back after previous surgery
- Parastomal hernias – hernias associated with a stoma
Abdominal wall reconstruction is considered major surgery and requires a hospital stay following surgery. This is usually around 5-7 days. During the post-operative period you will wear an abdominal binder to help support you externally. This binder will be important to wear during at least the first month following surgery while you heal. In addition to the binder, drains are also placed to help remove the fluid that your body naturally produces in reaction to surgery.
How to get started
The first step is to contact Dr. Correa’s office to arrange your initial consultation. Abdominal wall reconstruction is reconstructive surgery and is normally covered by insurance. Many patients inquire if a tummy tuck can be performed at the same time, however, this is determined on a case-by-case basis, as the priorities are different in abdominal wall reconstruction compared to a tummy tuck.