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Many patients who have had previous abdominal operations unfortunately develop a hernia, especially if multiple operations have been done. Patients with particularly large or complex hernias often require abdominal wall reconstruction.

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.

Dr. Correa’s philosophy on abdominal wall reconstruction

“Abdominal wall reconstruction can lead to a significant improvement in patients daily quality of life and I love seeing my patients move beyond this obstacle and resume the activities they previously enjoyed.”

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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

Recovery

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.

What you can expect in your initial consultation:

It is very important to Dr. Correa that his patients understand all aspects of dermal fillers before making the decision to move forward with surgery. It is his philosophy that his success as a plastic surgeon is dependant not only on his surgical skills, but also his ability to fully understand the needs and goals of his patients. By taking the time to understand each patient’s desires, he can ensure they get the treatment or procedure that is truly right for them.

Your initial consultation with Dr. Correa will last about an hour. During this time Dr. Correa will:
  • Perform a comprehensive examination of the issues you are seeking to remedy
  • Ensure he completely understands your goals for the procedure
  • Recommend a treatment plan that encompasses your goals
  • Explain the basis for his recommendations
  • Answer any questions you have about the procedure as well as insurance coverage or financing

You will have the opportunity to examine photographs of his other patients who have undergone dermal fillers so you can see his work and know what to expect if you decide to proceed. Dr. Correa will discuss the changes that you can expect to achieve and make recommendations regarding the best surgical methods to use to achieve your goals. You are encouraged to ask many questions and also to share any anxiety you may be having. Attaining your goal is a team effort. You and Dr. Correa must agree on the aesthetics and methods of your surgery so that you can obtain a result that meets or even exceeds your expectations.

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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.