Responses about Hernias and Tummy Tucks
My tummy tuck was done by a plastic surgeon. I was very happy with my results until approximately 4 weeks after surgery when I sneezed and developed a “very” large hematoma that I had to have evacuated. I ended up with a small pouch (which was filled with a fluid) that never went away. My surgery was almost all covered by insurance, as I was able to prove “medical necessity”.
My insurance company paid 90% of the total bill, and I just stayed overnight in the hospital. My insurance company approved the surgery because of the hernia, the size of my “apron,” and because I was having medical issues with things like yeast infections. We tried to get the lower body done at the same time, but the insurance company denied that, and currently we are working with a couple of my doctors to get a lower body lift approved along with a breast reconstruction.
I would do the tummy tuck again, even though the recovery was a little uncomfortable. I had a couple of drain tubes for several weeks post-op.
She has offered to do another procedure to pull the belly button slightly more in the center, but because it is so minor, I truly don't care that it's a little off center. Therefore I have chosen not to do that (I've had enough surgery, thank you very much :-).
I would advise your reader to look into this, and a plastic surgeon certainly can do a hernia repair, so she should pursue that with her insurance company.
I hope this helps,
It was hard to stand up in the beginning because the muscles were so tight. They do a muscle repair along with removing the extra skin. My belly button is a little low, but it is not a problem. I only wish I would have asked for liposuction of the midriff, as well as a full-body lift to the back. I have a roll of fat on the love handles that the plastic surgeon said she could take care of, however now there is a cost. My friend had the same surgery, the same surgeon, and I told her to ask the surgeon to cut more of the love handles, and my friend is very happy.
The breast reduction did not go as well for me. I was an “F” cup and wanted to be a “C” cup. I developed a nasty infection, and it took two months to recover just from the infection. I have so many scars that can be fixed, but I had enough. I am not going to wear a revealing bikini anytime soon.
I wanted to wait for the hernia surgery, because it was incentive for me to lose more weight, but the hernia was too bad. It was very dangerous according to the surgeon.
I am back on track to losing weight again, and now think about my arms and the bat wings I have developed. I am thinking about it, but not really doing anything about it. I keep lifting those weights.
Barbara, you give us all incentive to do better and know there is hope for all of us.
The one thing about having my bariatric surgeon do my tummy tuck is that he did not use mesh when repairing the hernia, as this causes problems within the intestines.
If asked would I do it all over again.........damn right!
The tummy tuck was a big job. I had lost 170 lbs so there was a lot of hanging excess skin. The recovery was quick and easy, much easier than when I had excess skin taken off my arms by a plastic surgeon. I suppose the tummy tuck was not all ethical paying the Dr on the side when insurance covered the other parts, but for me it was worth every penny! Thank God for weight loss surgery! It has changed my life. I love your monthly newsletter.
I had a lower body lift and hernia surgery at the same time. My insurance covered the majority of the cost and hospitalization. The medical group referred me to a plastic surgeon who did both procedures. Due to a 120 lb weight loss, the doctor was able to justify the tummy tuck/hernia procedure and I paid the difference for the rear part of the procedure, hence the lower body lift.
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In 2002 I had my bariatric surgery. It was a complete success; I lost 135 pounds and am proud to say I have kept off the weight. However, I did get a hernia. The surgeon that did my bariatric surgery did the hernia repair, and a plastic surgeon did the tummy tuck. My health insurance took care of the hernia surgery, operating room and anesthesia. I had to pay obviously for the tummy tuck and then the insurance figured out an additional cost for how long it would take for my tummy tuck in the operating room and the additional cost of the anesthesiologist. I was extremely happy that I was able to coordinate both. When I went to my bariatric surgeon for planning my hernia surgery I spoke with him regarding a tummy tuck at the same time. He put me in contact with the plastic surgeon and told me that they often do these surgeries together. First the hernia repair and then when he’s finished the plastic surgeon comes in and does his part. Both went very smoothly, and I am very happy with the outcome. The nice thing was only having to be put to sleep once.
I had both hernia repair and tummy tuck without any problems. The plastic surgeon did the tummy tuck and a lower body lift, and a general surgeon came in to do the hernia repair. The procedures took about 10 hours. I was in the hospital for 3 days. I ended up with another hernia as a result of the tummy tuck, and had it repaired in 2006. That was an outpatient procedure. I had a $3,000.00 deductable through for both episodes.
Don't be afraid! They are doing great things these days that can help you live a happier life!
I would do the tummy tuck again, even though the recovery was a little uncomfortable.