What is a hernia?
Ask anyone who’s had one… nothing slows you down quite like a hernia. A hernia is a type of weakness of the abdominal wall resulting in a bulge. There are many types of hernias, but two of the most commonly treated hernias at Mithani MD are ventral or umbilical hernias and inguinal hernias.
- Ventral or Umbilical Hernia: A ventral or umbilical hernia occurs when contents of abdomen bulge through the abdominal wall, belly button or possibly the site of a prior surgical incision.
- Inguinal Hernia: Inguinal hernias are the most common type. In the case of an inguinal hernia, a portion of the intestine pushes through an area of weakness in the groin/lower abdominal wall.
A hernia may result from straining a muscle – or simply from muscle weakness. They can occur suddenly (acute) or slowly over time. Heavy lifting, constipation, pregnancy, obesity, a persistent cough, and recent surgery in the abdominal area are just a few causes that may lead to a person developing a hernia. Hernias may result in pain or contents of the abdominal wall getting stuck in the hernia sac, possibly resulting in an emergency surgery.
What hernia treatments are available?
Small hernias that aren’t enlarging or causing significant pain or pressure may be monitored. Your doctor may be able to push the bulge back into place as a temporary fix. However, hernias tend to enlarge over time. Ultimately, surgery is required for the definitive treatment of hernias.
Do I need hernia repair surgery?
Only a doctor can make surgical recommendations regarding a hernia. If you’re experiencing hernia-like symptoms, see your primary care provider or make an appointment to see Dr. Mithani for an evaluation. If you live in the Beaumont / Port Arthur area, you may be referred for hernia surgery at Mithani MD.
What happens in hernia repair surgery?
Generally speaking, there are two approaches to hernia repair surgery: open and laparoscopic. The majority of hernia repair surgeries offered by Dr. Waheeda Mithani are done using a minimally invasive laparoscopic approach. During the procedure, the weakened spot in the abdominal wall is repaired and sometimes reinforced with a surgical mesh.
With a laparoscopic approach, Dr. Mithani is able to access and repair the site of the hernia using a tiny camera and small surgical tools that require just a few tiny incisions – as opposed to a large incision. Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, which Dr. Mithani performs at hospitals in Port Arthur and Beaumont, has several potential benefits (when compared to an open approach), including:
- Smaller incisions
- Less pain
- Reduced trauma to surrounding areas
- Faster recovery
Schedule a Hernia Repair Consultation (Port Arthur & Beaumont)
To learn more about hernia repair surgery near you, please contact us at (409) 721-5150. You can also schedule your appointment with Dr. Mithani online. Mithani MD serves patients throughout Southeast Texas, including Port Arthur, Beaumont, Jefferson County, Nederland, Groves, Port Neches and Bridge City.