Most people have heard of a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty. However, you may have believed that this is a purely cosmetic procedure. The truth of the matter is that there can be medical reasons for a tummy tuck, and one of those is hernia formation. While you can get a hernia treated by a general surgeon, it can be very beneficial to be treated by a plastic surgeon.
What Causes a Hernia?
A hernia occurs when the intestines or abdominal tissues break through the abdominal wall causing a protrusion. This most often happens when the abdominal wall has been weakened, such as through rapid weight loss or pregnancy and childbirth. When a hernia is caused by a weakening of the abdominal wall, it is very likely that it could happen again later.
Treatment for Hernia
The surgery for hernia is a rather simple and straightforward procedure in which the surgeon will relieve the pressure, return the abdominal tissue to its proper place, and reinforce the hole in the abdominal wall. This treatment is effective, but it does not preclude getting hernias in the same area again in the future.
Tummy Tuck with Hernia Repair
It can be very beneficial to get a tummy tuck when you have a hernia repair. The tummy tuck isn’t just about removing excess fat and tissue. An abdominoplasty procedure actually tightens and reinforces the abdominal muscles. This strengthening can help keep a hernia from happening again in the future.
Only a plastic surgeon can perform a tummy tuck and hernia repair in tandem. You will also experience much less scarring when you go with a plastic surgeon. If you have a hernia that needs to be repaired, contact us today for more information or to schedule your appointment.