Can You Get a Hernia Mesh with a Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Technically yes, you can get a hernia mesh surgery along with a tummy tuck surgical procedure, but there may need to be two surgeons on that case. If you have a hernia and need a hernial repair, you can get a hernia mesh applied to help repair your hernia. When you seek to have a tummy tuck or an abdominoplasty procedure, it is noted as a cosmetic surgical procedure to slim down your waist line. Many women will get a tummy tuck after childbearing, after weight loss, or in their later years to slim down their waist again. When you have the need for a hernia repair as a woman, it is natural to get the tummy tuck at the same time as the hernia repair surgery, but you may need two specialist surgeons to perform each procedure separately. And a lot can go wrong.
A Board-Certified Surgeon Is a Requirement for a Tummy Tuck Procedure with a Hernial Repair
If you choose to get a tummy tuck along with your surgery for a hernial repair, you will need to use the services of a board-certified surgeon. The credentials of your surgeon for the hernia repair and the tummy tuck need to be on point, as you cannot get the best result with a surgeon who has never performed these two surgical procedures together before. The surgeon will determine if and what type of hernia mesh will be used in the procedure. Usually an umbilical hernia repair is performed in addition to a tummy tuck surgery, which will help to give you the achievement of a slim waistline and midsection on a woman’s body. Some men will want to also get the tummy tuck and hernia repair surgery together, especially for men who have lost a large amount of weight and who have folds of skin to be removed in the midsection areas of the body.
Pregnancy, Sports, and Large Amounts of Weight Loss Can Prompt a Tummy Tuck Procedure in Women Wanting to Regain Their Prior Figure
If you have just given birth or have lost a lot of weight, you may be looking forward to getting a tummy tuck procedure to smooth out your waistline. If you also have a hernia, you may have the opportunity to have a tummy tuck and a hernial repair at the same time. Some people use a tummy tuck surgery to repair the umbilical hernia, and the surgeon will decide if hernia mesh or the tummy tuck procedure itself will be utilized to repair the midline section of the body from folds of skin from pregnancy or from prior weight gain and extreme weight loss. Another case that can benefit from a tummy tuck and hernia repair surgical procedure combination, is when there is a separation of the abdominal muscles or a diastasis recti condition, which can occur when there are major weight fluctuations during pregnancy or extreme weight loss. With this condition, the abdominal walls are stretched to capacity, and the stomach can start to protrude or stick outside of the body. In these cases, a tummy tuck with the hernia repair can ameliorate the situation.
Hernia Mesh Is Often Used for Incisional Hernia Repairs and for Rectus Diastasis Repairs
If you need an incisional hernia repair and rectus diastasis repair, you may need to use hernia mesh to properly be able to recover from these conditions. Some surgeons prefer to use hernial mesh with complex revisions and tummy tucks, and may prefer using a mesh replacement for the rectus diastasis. With a severe rectus diastasis, the hernia mesh may be preferred to ameliorate:
- A flabby abdomen area
- In males who already have vertical scars
- For people with large amounts of weight loss
- For men with elevated BMI
- For patients who accept the mesh use
- For revision of abdominoplasty
- In rectus muscles bigger than 7-8 cm wide1
Although It Is Convenient to Have a Tummy Tuck and a Hernia Repair Surgery Together, Beware That You Are Increasing the Risk of Complications from Both Procedures
In the case that you decide to have a hernial repair and a tummy tuck procedure at the same time, understand that you are increasing the risk of having complications from either or both surgical procedures. This can result in longer recovery times, a higher risk of infection, or a higher risk of something “going wrong” if there are two separate surgeons operating on you during the same procedures.
If you have had complications or problems from having a hernia repair with hernia mesh along with a tummy tuck procedure, you can feel free to call us today at the Law Offices of Gary K. Walch. As a top Los Angeles hernia mesh law firm, we know how to get you the money you need to feel better and get the justice you deserve. We can review your claim with you, and you can speak to us now at 866-INJURY2 or 866-465-8792 today.
1Dumanian, G. A., & Moradian, S. (2021). Mesh abdominoplasty for rectus diastasis in women and men. Hernia: the Journal of Hernias and Abdominal Wall Surgery, 25(4), 863–870. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10029-021-02461-1