A BARS procedure, or Bony Anchored Reinforcement Surgery, is an operation where the abdominal wall is essentially reconstructed and supported with mesh.
BARS abdominal reconstruction surgery is typically performed on patients with chronic hernias or large abdominal hernias. It is also common after a TRAM Flap or breast reconstruction surgery to provide extra support to the abdomen.
How It Works:
A bony anchoring reinforcement hernia repair is anchored to bone, which creates a more stable foundation during and after surgical repair. Most importantly, a BARS surgery redirects the weight of the contents of the abdomen to the pelvis, taking the pressure off of the pannus, or the repair. When the weight of the intra-abdominal contents rests against the repair, it may stretch and loosen over time, which can lead to hernia recurrence. However, the BARS abdominal hernia repair surgery significantly reduces the rate of hernia recurrence by reinforcing and strengthening the abdominal wall.
This innovative surgery was developed by our surgeons at The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction and is only used by a select number of surgeons in the nation. A novel approach, it can help patients who have been through multiple failed attempts of hernia repair.