What is a Hernia?
Hernias can affect anyone, regardless of age, sex, or physical conditioning. Hernias can be congenital (present at birth) or can develop as a result of aging, injuries, or strain from heavy lifting or coughing. There are many different types of hernias that can occur in different regions of the body. In certain cases, this condition can cause serious health problems. An incarcerated hernia occurs when a portion of the intestine protrudes through the abdominal wall, which can obstruct movement through the digestive tract and cause severe pain, nausea, and vomiting. An incarcerated hernia can also cause strangulation of an internal organ if it is cutting off the blood supply. This is a potentially life threatening situation and requires emergency surgery.
Hernias do not get better on their own, and they will not go away without surgical intervention. Hernia repair surgeries are performed by implanting a mesh screen in the weakened area on the abdominal wall to strengthen the tissue and protect against future protrusions. This can be done through traditional open surgery or laparoscopic techniques, with or without the assistance of robotic surgery.
Like other laparoscopic procedures, laparoscopic surgical hernia repair is performed through small incisions near the belly button. This typically leads to better patient outcomes than traditional open surgery because blood loss and discomfort are minimized, as well as trauma to surrounding tissue. Laparoscopic surgery is often indicated for the repair of a recurrent hernia or in cases where there is a possibility of a second hernia developing on the opposite side. This type of minimally invasive hernia repair does not typically require an overnight hospital stay.
Choosing the right surgeon can mean the difference between a positive and a negative surgical outcome. Our doctors have experience with many different techniques, ensuring that all of our patients receive the individualized care that they need.
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