This 33 year old mom of 4 was so unhappy with her current situation. She had a history of bowel obstruction and bowel resection. She had emergency exploratory laporatomy but was left with severe diastasis recti and an abdominal wall hernia. She underwent reconstruction of the abdominal area with another San Diego Plastic Surgeon but unfortunately, the repair failed. She did online research to find a surgeon who would be experienced and could help her with her situation. As you can see below, her abdominal muscles were so separated that there was a significant bulge.
She found Dr. Pousti and really liked that he was not only a board certified plastic surgeon but also a board certified general surgeon. She also liked that he performed his procedures in an operating room on the campus of a hospital instead of in his office for safety reasons. She had multiple meetings with Dr. Pousti and decided to proceed with repair of abdominal wall diastasis, repair of the hernia as well as abdominoplasty surgery.
As you can see, her previous surgeries had left her with a scar running up and down as well as no belly button. Her abdominal content was very close to the overlying thin skin. Her case was very complicated! Dr. Pousti met with the patient several time to discuss the complexity of her case. The night before, Dr. Pousti took time to measure and mark the areas of concern. The purple lines are the areas that will be removed during the abdominoplasty procedure, the red outlines the area where the “herniation” is present.
Even when the patient was laying down flat, you can see the herniated area protruding out of her separated abdominal muscles.
In the operating room, you can see the abdominal muscles separated (the purple lines running up and down- below).
Below, you can see how Dr. Pousti has put the abdominal muscles back together again and taken care of the hernia. (see how the 2 separated purple lines are now sutured together).
Comparing above (before abdominal surgery by Dr. Pousti) to below (immediately after abdominal surgery).. you can see a significant difference in the tightness and contour of the abdomen.
Immediately After Surgery
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