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Umbilical hernia corrected during a tummy tuck

Umbilical hernia corrected during a tummy tuck


Umbilical hernia is a condition that occurs when a part of the intestine penetrates through the abdominal muscles. This condition is often harmless and frequently affects newborns, but it can also occur in adults.

To understand what umbilical hernia is and how it can be corrected, you should know that during pregnancy, the umbilical cord goes through a small opening in the abdominal muscles of the baby. Normally, this gap is closed immediately after birth but sometimes the muscles may not to come together perfectly on the median line of the abdomen, and this weakness of the abdominal wall can trigger umbilical hernia later on in life. 

When it comes to adults, very intense abdominal pressure can cause umbilical hernia, usually caused by obesity and multiple pregnancies, among others. Umbilical hernia creates a small, soft swollen area near the belly button. In a vast majority of cases, the hernia is not painful, but for some adults, it can trigger abdominal discomfort. The recommendation is for the patient to go see a medical professional if the hernia is associated with pain, nausea, or vomiting or if the swollen area becomes smooth, increases its dimensions, or changes colors. 

Umbilical hernia is often diagnosed during a medical examination. Patients going to see the plastic surgeon for the initial consultation for the tummy tuck can also be diagnosed with umbilical hernia. The good news is that with abdominoplasty, umbilical hernia can easily be corrected. 

When the tummy tuck is performed, the plastic surgeon will start by making an incision on the lower part of the abdominal area in the suprapubic area. The incision can be smaller or bigger, depending on the amount of excess tissue to be removed. The surgeon will use the incision to detach the skin and fat tissues from the muscles and lift them up to the rib cage. The abdominal muscles are then strengthened and the umbilical hernia is corrected before the skin and fat tissues are re0draped on the abdominal wall. 

Umbilical hernia is often corrected during the tummy tuck. However, to make sure that you get the best results possible and that all the imperfections of the abdominal wall have been corrected, it is important to choose an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon to play out your procedure.

The tummy tuck is performed with the aim of helping the patient get a smooth, firm and flat abdomen by removing the excess skin that might be sagging on the lower part of the tummy. To create a firm and flat abdomen, the plastic surgeon will need to address and correct other imperfections of the abdominal wall such as umbilical hernia. While this condition might not be painful, it can be associated with an abdominal discomfort and is considered an aesthetic flaw. 


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