When patients come to Dr. Wallach for a tummy tuck, they may also be dealing with an umbilical hernia as well. Thankfully, this can easily be remedied at the same time as a tummy tuck surgery.
An umbilical hernia is created when the intestine or fatty tissue bulges through the abdominal muscles in the belly button. This often occurs when a great amount of pressure is put on a weak area of the stomach muscles, and can happen from multiple pregnancies, or an especially strenuous pregnancy.
When Dr. Wallach examines patients for a tummy tuck, it is not uncommon for him to identify an umbilical hernia. Patients will often ask, “Can this be repaired at the same time as my tummy tuck?” Very commonly, a hernia repair can be performed at the same time as a tummy tuck. Sometimes Dr. Wallach will repair it himself, and sometimes he will refer them to a general surgeon to repair it at the same time as the tummy tuck.
When correcting an umbilical hernia, the surgeon will often make an incision at the base of the umbilicus, and the intestinal tissue or fat will be reduced and set back into the abdominal cavity. The incision will commonly be covered with surgical tape, which will fall off on its own.
An umbilical hernia can cause pain and can potentially strangulate the intestines or fat if the blood supply is compromised. If you believe you have an umbilical hernia, be sure to mention this to Dr. Wallach when consulting about your tummy tuck.
Contact us today for more information about tummy tuck surgery and umbilical hernias, and to schedule a consultation.