Many women end up with an abdominal hernia when they are pregnant. Their muscles stretch as the baby grows, and that thins and weakens them, which causes the hernia.

Understanding the condition, how it’s treated, and what else can be done during treatment can help you get the proper treatment just in time.

What Is a Hernia?

A hernia is a condition that can allow an internal organ to fit through the muscle tear. Once torn, the intestines, for example, can slip through the tear and cause a life-threatening bowel constriction.

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Some people have no idea they have a hernia, while others feel so much pain they can’t stand it. Hernias are only dangerous if left untreated, which is why it’s important to let your doctor know if you feel any discomfort before, during, or after a pregnancy.

The doctor can see if you have a hernia by asking you to bear down while lying down or standing up. The hernia will present itself as a bulge in the abdominal wall.

What Does It Feel Like?

Hernias can be felt. If you lie down and press on the area where you feel pain, you may be able to feel a lump. As the hernia worsens, you will be able to see a bulge. Pressing on it usually causes pain.

How Is It Treated?

Surgery can fix the muscle that was torn, thus fixing the hernia. Even though the hernia may start in pregnancy, surgery isn’t recommended until after giving birth and recovering. Only in severe hernia cases where the woman’s life is in danger due to a constriction of the bowels, hernia surgery can be done in the second trimester.

Hernia Surgery and Abdominoplasty Together

After you’ve given birth and recovered from delivery, you should think about treating your hernia. The longer you wait, the worse it could become. Remember, a hernia can turn into a life threatening condition.

An incentive may be having abdominoplasty along with your hernia treatment. Experienced surgeons, such as the highly-qualified plastic and cosmetic surgeons at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York, can repair the muscle wall, remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal area, and tighten up the rectus abdominus muscles (the muscles that get stretched most during pregnancy).

During your procedure, they can also remove fat tissue from the surrounding abdominal areas using laser liposuction, leaving you with a flat, tight tummy. Imagine that!

Pregnancy and childbirth are some of the best moments of your life. Don’t let a hernia bother you for one more day than is necessary.

This condition is completely treatable and you can speak with the doctor about adding on a tummy tuck and Smartlipo tummy liposuction. Show off your body looking better than ever afterwards!

Call us today to schedule your free consultation with one of our highly-qualified plastic and cosmetic surgeons. We have offices in Manhattan and Commack, Long Island for your convenience. Our surgical suites in Long Island are AAAHC accredited and we boast top safety records, having treated hundreds of patients over the years.

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Sources and References:

http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/hernia-during-pregnancy/

*The information on this page is not intended to be used as medical advice in any way. Always consult with your doctor for any health related concerns and before starting a new diet or exercise program.