Abdominal wall reconstruction is a technique recommended in patients who have substantial distension of the abdominal muscles and even hernias. This problem occurs predominantly in women who have had more than one pregnancy and in people who have lost a great deal of weight.
Depending on the severity of the case, the muscles will be sutured if there is significant separation. Where necessary, a mesh will be put in place to stabilise the wall. In patients with an umbilical hernia, this can be repaired in the same intervention.
In women who have had a recent pregnancy, it is important to wait for natural tissue shrinkage over the following six to twelve months. After abdominal wall reconstruction surgery, women should wait a year before becoming pregnant again.
How soon will I see the results?
Abdominal wall reconstruction can be seen immediately, with the final results apparent after a few weeks once inflammation has gone down.
In most cases, the scar is similar to that of a caesarean, except when the panniculus adiposus (fatty layer) has to be removed, and the scar will extend out to the sides. It is important to care for the wound with silicon dressings or rose hip oil to prevent poor healing.
After the intervention, the patient will have to wear a compression garment for three to four weeks and have lymph drainage or radio frequency sessions to help reduce inflammation in the surgical area.
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