When should I fix my hernia?

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Hernia surgery is a medical procedure performed to repair a hernia, which occurs when an organ or fatty tissue protrudes through a weak spot or tear in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue.

What are different types of hernias?

There are several types of hernias, including inguinal (groin), umbilical (belly button), femoral (upper thigh), hiatal (upper stomach), and incisional (resulting from a previous surgical incision).

At Olde Del Mar Surgical, hernia surgery is done either laparoscopically or robotically.

Laparoscopic Hernia Repair: This minimally invasive technique involves making several small incisions through which a thin tube equipped with a tiny camera (laparoscope) and specialized surgical instruments are inserted. The surgeon uses the camera to guide the repair while viewing the internal structures on a monitor. A pre peritoneal hernia repair is the least invasive approach as it does not violate the peritoneal cavity.

Robotic Hernia Repair: Robotic-assisted surgery involves a surgeon controlling robotic arms to perform the procedure. It sometimes offers enhanced precision and maneuverability compared to traditional laparoscopic surgery.

In some cases, hernia surgery may be done with an open procedure.

Open Hernia Repair: In this traditional approach, the surgeon makes an incision near the hernia site, pushes the protruding tissue back into place, and then repairs the weakened muscle or tissue with stitches or a synthetic mesh.

The decision to undergo hernia surgery depends on various factors, including:

Symptoms: If you’re experiencing pain, discomfort, or other symptoms related to the hernia, such as swelling or a visible bulge, surgery may be recommended.

Risk of Complications: Complications associated with hernias can include incarceration (the hernia becomes trapped) or strangulation (the blood supply to the herniated tissue is cut off), which can be life-threatening emergencies requiring immediate surgery. In a clinical study from the United Kingdom, the risk of incarceration was approximately 2%.

Size and Location of the Hernia: Large hernias or those in certain locations, such as the groin or abdomen, may have a higher risk of complications and may be more likely to require surgical intervention.

Medical History: Your overall health and medical history, including any previous surgeries or existing medical conditions, will be taken into consideration when determining the most appropriate treatment approach.

Patient Preference: In some cases, patients may choose to undergo surgery to repair a hernia even if they are not experiencing significant symptoms, particularly if the hernia is at risk of becoming larger or causing complications in the future.

Ultimately, it’s important to consult with a general surgeon to discuss your specific situation and determine whether hernia surgery is the best course of action for you. To inquire with Olde Del Mar Surgical, Request Consultation.

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