All About Hernia Surgery
Hernias typically present as a visible bulge, in the abdomen, groin, belly button, or at the site of an incision, and can grow bigger over time.
As such, surgery is often recommended to effectively treat the hernia, alleviate symptoms, and avoid potential complications.
Continue reading to learn all about hernia surgery, including surgical techniques and issues that warrant immediate repair.
What Is Hernia Surgery?
Hernia surgery is a surgical procedure designed to treat and repair a portion of fatty tissue or an organ that has pushed through a weak area of connective tissue or muscle wall.
How Is Hernia Surgery Performed?
Open hernia surgery is performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, your surgeon will make an incision in the skin in order to push the hernia back into place, tie it off, or remove it.
In the event that the hernia is quite large, flexible mesh will be applied to provide added support and prevent recurrence.
Laparoscopic hernia surgery is a minimally-invasive procedure, during which harmless gas is used to inflate the abdomen. This allows the surgeon to clearly visualize the surgical site and internal organs.
Next, he will make very small incisions to allow insertion of a laparoscope - a tube with a camera attached on the end. The laparoscope produces imaging that helps guide the surgical repair of the hernia with a piece of mesh.
Do I Need Hernia Surgery?
There are certain instances in which your doctor will likely recommend hernia surgery, including:
· A hernia that is painful, causes discomfort, or is getting bigger
· Incarceration, which is when tissue becomes trapped in the abdominal wall and is at risk for necrosis.
· A strangulated hernia, which can result in serious complications, including organ death, if not immediately removed with surgery.
Schedule a Consultation for Hernia Surgery
If you would like to learn more about hernia surgery, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly skilled and talented surgeons.