Abdominal Wall Reconstruction

Abdominal wall reconstruction is a term used to describe the repair of massive or recurrent hernias. This procedure is done in conjunction with a general surgeon and is performed in a hospital. These tend to be long complex procedures and patients undergoing them will need a multi-night hospital stay.

Abdominal wall reconstruction is a specialized area of expertise in plastic surgery. Dr. Donald Morris is a leading authority in Boston. He has performed over 600 complex abdominal hernia repairs. No two patients with a complex hernia are the same. Patients who need abdominal wall reconstruction have had multiple abdominal surgeries and most have additional medical problems. Many of his patients have been told by previous surgeons that their hernias are not fixable. Each patient needs a specialized surgical plan which in some cases is multi stepped. Dr. Morris pays careful and close attention to formulate the best surgical plan for his patients.

Abdominal wall reconstruction is a term used to describe the repair of massive or recurrent hernias. This procedure is done in conjunction with a general surgeon and is performed in a hospital. These tend to be long complex procedures and patients undergoing them will need a multi-night hospital stay.

Complex abdominal wall reconstruction can have complications such as:

  • Recurrence
  • Wound healing problems
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Need for additional surgery.

Your individual risk factors will be discussed with you at your visit and surgery may be delayed or not recommended based on your risks factors. Additionally, risk factors that significantly increase your changes of complications include:

  • Obesity
  • Poorly controlled diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Chronic steroid use

All patients who are undergoing a complex abdominal wall reconstruction will be required to go to pre-op testing. At pre-op testing you will have labs drawn and based on your other medical history you may require an EKG or chest x -ray. Likewise, if you are a smoker a nicotine test will be performed and a positive result will cause your surgery to be rescheduled until you have been off of nicotine for 6 weeks.

Dr. Morris and his team at Longwood Plastic Surgery look forward to taking care of you.