A common question we receive at the Hernia Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles is from patients wanting to know if hernia surgery and abdominoplasty can be done at the same time. These patients that require hernia surgery may want to use the opportunity to also undergo a tummy tuck procedure. One of the best things about undergoing surgery at La Peer Health Systems is the fact that we house the world’s leading specialists from many fields of medicine, allowing us to have a gastroenterologist perform hernia repair before a plastic surgeon performs a tummy tuck. It is also common for our world-renown plastic surgeons to perform both procedures, as they are also highly qualified general surgeons.
What Is a Hernia?
A hernia is a condition in which an organ or tissue protrudes through an opening or weak spot of the surrounding muscle, membrane, or connective tissue that normally holds the organ in place. Hernias can happen for a number of reasons, but can be common in women who are pregnant. The pressure exerted on the abdominal wall by the growing fetus can weaken the muscular structure, increases the mother’s odds of developing a hernia. These types of hernias are repairable through surgery.
What Is Abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty, also known as a “tummy tuck,” is a cosmetic procedure that firms up the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat. This excess is removed in order to tighten the muscle and tissue of the abdominal wall. The scope of the surgery can vary depending on how much is to be removed. This cosmetic surgery is popular among women who have recently given birth, given the stretching and sagging of the skin and tissue.
Why Would You Have Hernia Surgery and Abdominoplasty Together?
As stated above, hernias are common in pregnant women. Since it’s possible for pregnant women to lose their pre-pregnancy physique following birth, abdominoplasty is often considered. Since both procedures are done in the abdominal section, many women find it beneficial to have both done at the same time. Rather than undergoing two separate operations, both procedures are combined into one, and this combining of the two procedures can also be financially beneficial.
If you are Considering Hernia Surgery and Abdominoplasty
If you have been diagnosed with a hernia that requires surgery to repair, you might also consider an abdominoplasty procedure. If you must undergo a hernia operation, it is completely safe and actually quite common to combine it with a tummy tuck. At La Peer Health Systems, our expert surgeons employ the most advanced techniques available in order to provide the best possible results.
Contact the Hernia Surgery Center in Los Angeles
If you are considering combining your hernia procedure with abdominoplasty, call today to schedule an appointment at Hernia Surgery Los Angeles. Our doctors will discuss all options with you and come up with the best course of action. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, please call (888) 418-2082.
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