Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
Abdominal wall reconstruction is very complex reconstructive surgery primarily used for hernia repair, scar repair, and repair of previous surgical damage. The abdomen is composed of many layers; tissue, fat, and muscle that protect the internal organs. These layers function as a protecting wall and stabilization.
The formation or recreation of hernias weaken the walls of the abdomen. This leads to tissue and muscles of the abdominal all to deteriorate. With our highly skilled plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Jason D. Johnson, the abdominal muscles can be reconstructed and repaired by abdominal wall reconstructive surgery. In addition, we can rebuild skin and fascia if it is missing from previous surgery.
Abdominal wall reconstruction is sometimes performed with the help of general surgery or transplant surgery as part of a multidisciplinary team. Sometimes excess tissue such as a panniculectomy will also be performed.
What to Expect
You and Dr. Johnson will discuss the procedure in detail so you understand how it will be performed, and you’ll have an opportunity to have your questions answered.
On the day of the procedure, you’ll receive general anesthesia via IV. Dr. Johnson will approach the defect with a vertical or horizontal scar. Once the abdominal skin is separated from the affected area, the weakened muscles and tissues will be reshaped placing them into a natural position. These layers sometimes will then be reinforced using surgical mesh to strengthen the muscles. Finalizing with sutures and closing the incision.
Recovery After Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
Am I a candidate for abdominal wall reconstruction?
You may be a good candidate if:
- You’re physically healthy
- You’re not pregnant or breastfeeding
- You have reoccurring hernias
- You have infection that has developed after surgery
- You have a wound that has developed after a hernia repair
- You understand the risks that come along with surgery
What are the risks of abdominal wall reconstruction?
As with any surgery, abdominal wall reconstruction does pose some risks, risks include:
- Anesthesia complications
- Persistent pain
- Possibility of revision surgery
- Scar tissue formation