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I need to have inguinal hernia surgery, I am 5-7, 225 lb. Would it be advisable to have some belly fat removed during the surgery?

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Dr. Joseph Sucher
Surgery - Trauma
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Fixing the hernia is the primary problem and comes with its own set of risks.
One of the more common complications of hernia surgery is wound infection (albeit very rare). Attempting to remove fat at the same operation would dramatically increase you risk of wound complications. Take care of you primary problem and, after your recovery, focus your attention on weight reduction.

In brief: No

Fixing the hernia is the primary problem and comes with its own set of risks.
One of the more common complications of hernia surgery is wound infection (albeit very rare). Attempting to remove fat at the same operation would dramatically increase you risk of wound complications. Take care of you primary problem and, after your recovery, focus your attention on weight reduction.
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Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not at all

It would be advisable to try to lose general weight in order to have a smaller chance of the hernia conf back.
Doing a tummy tuck or liposuction is not a smart move and may increase risk of infection. Most hernias are repaired using mesh and if you had an infection due to fat removal, your mesh can also get infected and may need to be removed.

In brief: Not at all

It would be advisable to try to lose general weight in order to have a smaller chance of the hernia conf back.
Doing a tummy tuck or liposuction is not a smart move and may increase risk of infection. Most hernias are repaired using mesh and if you had an infection due to fat removal, your mesh can also get infected and may need to be removed.
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Dr. Jesse Mills
Urology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Get the hernia fixed and start working out! take control of your health.

In brief: No

Get the hernia fixed and start working out! take control of your health.
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Dr. Simon Kimm
Urology
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In brief: Probably not.

Although it seems reasonable and tempting to combine multiple surgical procedures in one session, it is usually difficult in practice.
First, you would have to find a surgeon that would do both surgeries, or coordinate two teams. Second, many surgeons would not like to jeopardize a surgical repair with the complications of a cosmetic procedure. Finally, insurance coverage would be tricky.

In brief: Probably not.

Although it seems reasonable and tempting to combine multiple surgical procedures in one session, it is usually difficult in practice.
First, you would have to find a surgeon that would do both surgeries, or coordinate two teams. Second, many surgeons would not like to jeopardize a surgical repair with the complications of a cosmetic procedure. Finally, insurance coverage would be tricky.
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