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Hernia Repair

Board-certified surgeon, Dr. Dickinson, specializes in abdominal wall reconstruction and hernia repair in Newport Beach, Ca.

Hernia Repair Surgery

Dr. Dickinson is often referred patients by other physicians for hernia repair surgery or to assist with hernia repair surgery. In general Dr. Dickinson repairs hernias in two broad scenarios. The first is the repair of an umbilical hernia in combination with an abdominoplasty procedure.

The other type of hernia that Dr. Dickinson repairs and which he enjoys are large hernias of the abdominal wall that would require component separation or some additional reconstruction or repair of the abdominal wall. Typically these patients have had complex intraabdominal surgeries or multiple abdominal surgeries or hernia surgeries themselves that have recurred. These abdominal wall reconstructions are often repaired in conjunction with the general surgery team and require a hospital stay. The discussion below applies to these types of abdominal wall reconstructions.

There are several requirements or factors that are helpful for preventing hernia recurrence following surgery. It is important that the patient be as close to their ideal body weight as possible and/or the patient has made a concerted effort to loose weight pre-operatively so that weight control can be continued in the post-operative period. Medical comorbidities such as diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. must be controlled to facilitate recovery, wound healing, and successful repair while reducing potential complications. Protein nutrition is paramount for successful healing and prevention of complications in the post-operative period.

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Dr. Brian Dickinson, Abdominal Wall Reconstruction and Hernia Repair

Another common question Dr. Dickinson hears in consultation is, “How or Why does a Plastic Surgeon get involved with hernia repair surgery?”

Dr. Dickinson enjoys abdominal wall reconstruction. The satisfaction gained from repairing a complex abdominal wall hernia is great. Hernias not only cause pain, they can limit exercise, and have an overall negative effect on a patients psyche and outlook. Restoring a normal contour to the abdominal wall that is functional can have a favorable physical and psychological impact on a patient. The rewards the patient experiences are so positive and frequently unquantifiable.

Often, the flap surgery that Dr. Dickinson performs for breast reconstruction or gynecologic reconstruction involves muscles of the abdominal wall. Dr. Dickinson has found that the familiarity with these abdominal wall-based flaps has helped in the understanding of abdominal wall reconstruction and hernia repair.

Dr. Dickinson graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine/New York University in New York City where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. Dickinson continued his medical training at the University of California Los Angeles’ Medical Center in both General Surgery and Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Dickinson is Board Certified in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is also a member of the the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.