Abdominal Wall Surgery
The abdominal wall holds in and protects the inner organs of the abdominal cavity. It is made up of several layers of tissue, including skin, fat and connective tissue, muscles, tendons, the peritoneal membrane. When there is a weakness in the tissue or muscle, an organ or other structure can bulge out and cause a lump under the skin.
Abdominal wall reconstruction is a complex, comprehensive surgery to correct weaknesses or defects in these many layers. Abdominal wall defects may be the result of a failed prior attempt at closure, recurring hernias, traumatic injury, infection and the effects of radiation therapy or tumour removal.