USC Surgery / Treatments / Abdominal Wall Reconstruction

Patients with weakened abdominal walls may have abdominal wall reconstruction done by redistributing abdominal tissue or implanting a mesh to strengthen the abdominal wall and avoid future hernias. This can be done to repair an abdominal wall that has been weakened due to such factors as hernias or after bariatric surgery for weight loss. Techniques employed include component separation, which involves manipulating abdominal muscle flaps to repair larger ventral defects, restoring function of the abdominal wall while optimizing cosmetic appearance; and biologic mesh reconstruction, which uses a biosynthetic mesh to reconstruct the abdominal wall and minimizes recurrence of hernias.

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