Abdominal Wall Reconstruction

Sometimes, following general surgery or a prior surgery complication, you may have a large abdominal hernia or an opening of the abdominal wall. In these instances, our team can achieve closure of the opening or hernia through a variety of techniques. Your surgeon will discuss the option best suited to your particular problem during your consultation.

  • Option 1: Muscle flaps from the abdomen or other areas of the body can be used with biologic.
  • Option 2: Utilize synthetic materials to achieve lasting closure and integrity of the abdominal wall.

Anesthesia

General anesthesia is used for these procedures.

Before Surgery

  • Follow the general surgeon's instructions regarding bowel preparation before surgery.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, Advil, Motrin, or other aspirin-containing products for two weeks.
  • If you are a smoker, stop smoking to aid in healing.

Recovery

You will likely be given an abdominal binder to wear at all times post-operatively. You will likely stay in the hospital for several days.

Avoid strenuous activity, heavy lifting, or exercise for at least six weeks post-operatively.