Abdominal wall reconstruction and hernia repair is a rewarding operation for patients and physicians. The lower abdomen is a common place for hernia recurrence or bulge recurrence as there is a significant amount of tension placed on the lower abdominal core. Restoration of a functional abdominal wall allows not only for improved contour, but a better functioning abdomen. These operations consume a significant amount of energy to heal. Patients are instructed to eat approximately 80-100 grams of protein per day for 4-6 weeks prior to surgery and 4-6 weeks after surgery.