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Hernia and Abdominal Wall
UT Southwestern Medical Center’s experts offer comprehensive evaluation and treatment of hernias and abdominal wall defects.
Our multidisciplinary team – including plastic surgeons and general surgeons – specializes in repairing and reconstructing all types of abdomen and trunk impairments, such as those that involve soft tissue, muscle, fascia, and the peritoneum. We see a wide range of patients from all parts of the country and are a regional and national referral center for complex reconstruction.
Nationally Recognized for Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
For many patients with hernias and abdominal wall defects, surgery can:
- Repair previously unsuccessful hernia surgeries or related recurring problems
- Strengthen weakened abdominal musculature resulting from an injury or accident, prior surgery, pregnancy, or other causes
- Resolve surgical side effects such as vessel or nerve damage, adhesions, infections, or cosmetic repairs
- Correct genetic and inherited abdominal wall defects in infants and children
Our team combines leading-edge solutions that leverage innovative techniques and technologies with evidence-based medical and surgical strategies. As a result, we achieve high success rates on procedures, whether the repair is straightforward or highly complicated.
Our focus combines surgical expertise with exceptional pre- and postoperative care. Patients have access to our multidisciplinary team of experts, which includes specialists in plastic surgery, general surgery, oncology, colorectal surgery, transplantation, urology, gynecology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and other specialties – all in one place, for whatever the situation demands.
We also offer patients access to other UT Southwestern physicians, if needed. They include specialists who manage commonly associated risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, respiratory insufficiency, steroids, wound contamination, smoking, and inherited disorders such as Marfan Syndrome.
We are happy to work with referring physicians. Patients can also contact us directly for appointments.
Hernia and Abdominal Wall Conditions We Treat
Some of the defects our hernia and abdominal wall specialists treat result from:
- Recurrent hernias
- Mesh infections
- Tumor extirpation
- Surgical complications, such as after bariatric surgery
- Desmoid tumors
- Chronic pain
- Congenital defects, such as urologic conditions
Treatments for Hernia and Abdominal Wall Defects
Our specialists work with each patient to carefully diagnosis the condition and plan a course of treatment.
We might recommend one or more treatment options, such as:
- Medical management
- Temporary, noninvasive slings and treatments
- Outpatient or inpatient surgical repairs
- Laparoscopic or open surgery repairs
- Biologic or prosthetic mesh repairs
- Alpha-fetoprotein screening and ultrasound to detect and confirm omphalocele and gastroschisis in unborn babies
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