Often, ladies will come to Dr. Jacobsen to have a hernia repaired in the midline. This is often called diastases recti. This is a false hernia but it looks just and feels like a hernia. This is not a threat to you as a patient but certainly it does not look good and sometimes can be uncomfortable. This can be tightened up nicely by sewing the fascia or the gristle around your muscle of the midline to the LEFT and RIGHT side across the middle creating a nice flat look. Unfortunately your insurance company does covers the hernia repair, which is a very nice benefit, it does not cover the part of the abdominoplasty that re-shapes and removes some of the extra skin of your abdominal wall. This part of the abdominoplasty is the fine recontouring of the abdominal wall the most ladies want in addition to the hernia repair. Sometimes the insurance can pay for the hernia and the patient will then pay for the cosmetic portion of the abdominoplasty but the cosmetic portion of the abdominoplasty does not come with the insurance coverage of course. Normally in the course of abdominoplasty the fascia is tightened up in the midline regardless of the presence of a hernia or not. The presence of the hernia may make this a little more challenging for Dr. Jacobsen but ultimately the results should be the same. After hernia repair or abdominoplasty is very important to minimize your activity with lifting and abdominal straining so that the sutures of holding together the midline holding together very nicely and safely for you. You should have binder 23 hours a day for the 1st two weeks and then after two weeks a compressive garment which will help to give you something to cough against something to lift or strain against but generally speaking lifting more than 10 pounds for the 1st three or four weeks is the maximum.
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Dr. William Jacobsen
2525 East Arizona
Biltmore Circle, Ste C236
Phoenix, AZ 85016
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Dr J considers every surgery an opportunity to express his vision with his patients, and believes in natural, beautiful results that leave you feeling confident and beautiful, but most importantly, feeling like yourself. From extremely rare and complex surgical cases, to cosmetic surgery, Dr J has the experience, compassion and understanding to help you achieve your surgical goals.