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I am very obese and have a long history of a variety of medical problems.  My hx includes a borderline ovarian cancer for which I had an abdominal hysterectomy in '04, gallbladder removal in '05 (with a scope), and two emergency open surgeries for hernias - one in '09 for a strangulated hernia & bowel obstruction, and the most recent one was this past October for an incarcerated hernia.

The left side of my abdomen has always been a bit larger than the right, however, it's more so since last year's operation.   The surgeon said he believed the contents of my abdomen have shifted to the left, and my new primary care provider agrees.  Moreover, I was diagnosed with diastasis recti, and the surgeon told me it cannot be fixed.

I don't know if he said that because of my weight, or if it's because it's not in his area of expertise?  He's a general surgeon, not a plastic surgeon.

Could anyone tell me if an obese person can have a tummy tuck because their stomach looks horribly deformed?  I feel like a freak and am tired of getting stares from people.  Losing weight has been difficult for me because of my surgeries.  I've been told after the surgery in '09 and the one last year that it will take up to a year and a half to fully recover.  It's only been 10 months.

Btw, both hernias were on the left side of my abdomen, and the incisions from both hernia operations and the hysterectomy are vertical, alongside my belly button.  One cannot tell these incisions apart, they are so close together.

Please help!  I'm getting rather discouraged about this and don't want surgery again, but if it would correct this deformity it would go a long way towards my feeling better, physically and emotionally.  Thanks!

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