A hernia is painful, but it is also an excellent opportunity for a tummy tuck procedure. There are many similarities between the tummy tuck and the hernia procedures, and it simply makes sense to blend the two procedures together into a single operation if at all possible.
In a hernia surgery, the doctors create an incision, repair the muscle wall where the hernia is located and then close the incision again. In a tummy tuck procedure, the same is true, but this time the surgeon opens up the abdomen, repairs and tightens the abdominal wall to repair the hernia and then removes the extra skin from the abdomen before closing the incisions again.
Following a tummy tuck procedure, patients are able to enjoy a flat stomach with improved muscle tone and condition. With a hernia, the patient must recover from the same sort of incision and pain to the muscle walls, but she does not get the added benefit of the flatter, fitter stomach.
Perhaps the best benefit of all to doing a hernia and a tummy tuck procedure at the same time is the application of insurance. Insurance will cover the cost of the hernia procedure, or at least the portion of your procedure covered by insurance. Usually this is about fifty to seventy percent of the total operation costs – a nice chunk of the tummy tuck procedure that you don’t have to pay for out of pocket.
While insurance doesn’t typically cover cosmetic surgery, it will still cover the costs that overlap between the two surgeries including anesthesia, the surgery center and some of the surgeon’s time for repairing the hernia itself. It is essentially two birds with one stone.