Hernia Repair Surgery
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?
Do I need hernia repair surgery?
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