What is involved in a tummy tuck with artificial dermis inserted?

I had a mini tummy tuck 21 months ago with muscle tightening. The tightening did not work and my stomach still bulged every time I ate or drank anything. The operation was repeated 9 months ago and I'm still having the same problem. I look 4 to 5 months pregnant every time I eat. My surgeon has suggested having another operation to tighten the muscles by using an artificial dermis (from a pig I believe) as he didn't want to use mesh due to risk of infection etc. Does anybody know anything about this or had it done, any ideas on cost? Thanks.

Reinforcement of a weakened abdominal wall is similar to hernia repair. It sounds like your surgeon believes that reinforcement is necessary, and an acellular dermal matrix such as Strattice is a natural alternative. It is used often for hernia repairs and so it makes sense to consider it for a tummy tuck where additional support is needed. It is transformed over time into your own tissue.

Richard A. Baxter MD
Richard A. Baxter MD
6100 219th St SWMountlake TerraceWA98043US

Richard A. Baxter MD

6100 219th Street, SW, Suite 290,
Mountlake Terrace, WA, 98043, US

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