The muscles of the abdomen are among the most used in the body. The abdominal wall contains our internal organs, stabilizes our core, and supports the muscles of our back, which are critical to walking and lifting.
Sometimes, due to surgery for other disorders, a complex hernia or defect can occur in the abdominal wall. A hernia is a weakness or opening in the muscle that can cause pain and result in the intestines, fat or tissue bulging out. The repair of these hernias and defects may require the expertise of surgeons trained in plastic surgery reconstructive techniques. At Cleveland Clinic Florida our plastic surgeons are trained in reconstruction and work in a multidisciplinary fashion with general, colorectal, urologic and gynecologic surgeons as well as other specialists to restore the form and function of the abdominal wall.
Abdominal wall reconstruction repairs abdominal tissue through an abdominal incision. If needed, your surgeon will place biologic or prosthetic mesh at the open wound or hernia site, which is grafted into the abdomen and provides additional closure and support to the area.
The procedures we perform include:
- Separation of Components with Primary Repair
- Separation of Components with Biologic and/or Synthetic Mesh
- Transversus Abdominis Muscle Release with Primary Repair
- Transversus Abdominis Muscle Release with Biologic and/or Synthetic Mesh
- Retro-rectus Repair with Biologic and/or Synthetic Mesh
What to Expect
When deciding on cosmetic or reconstructive surgery, it is important to consult with an expert. During your consultation at Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Center one of our board-certified physicians will meet with you to discuss your goals and expectations as well as the following:
- Review your complete medical history (including past and current medications)
- Discuss any medical conditions that could affect your procedure’s outcomes
- Explain the benefits, risks and timeline for the procedure
- Evaluate the part of your body that would be treated
- Give recommendations
- Answer any questions you may have
At your consultation, if you wish, you also may see “before” and “after” photographs of our patients who have undergone similar procedures. You will leave your first visit with a clear idea of the options available to you, as well as any risks involved.
Our plastic surgeons also may collaborate with physicians from other medical and surgical specialties to provide you with the best and most comprehensive care for your aesthetic and reconstructive needs.
To schedule a consultation, please call 954.659.5220
Insurance rarely covers the cost of copays and/or elective cosmetic surgery and procedures. For an explanation of payment options, including CareCredit financing to pay for out-of-pocket expenses not covered by medical insurance, please call 954.659.5220 and ask to speak with one of our caregivers.