Understanding Hernia Surgery
If you’ve been diagnosed with a hernia, you may be wondering what to expect — or much worse things are going to get. Depending on what type of hernia you have, you may experience no symptoms at all, mild to severe indigestion, discomfort when lifting heavy objects, or even a life-threatening stomach crisis. Fortunately, modern surgical techniques can repair hernias more easily and effectively than ever before.
Hernias generally belong to a few principal categories:
Hiatal hernia – A hiatal hernia is a disorder of the hiatus, the “gateway” in the diaphragm that separates the stomach from the chest cavity. When the hiatus becomes weakened and/or enlarged, the area where the stomach and esophagus meet can poke through it. Hiatal hernias (also called “sliding” hernias) can promote bouts of gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Paresophageal hernia – A paraesophageal hernia is a more dangerous type of hernia than the standard hiatal hernia because more of the stomach pushes its way up past the diaphragm into the chest. These hernias not only cause chest discomfort and swallowing problems, but they can also strangulate the stomach, a serious condition requiring emergency treatment.
Inguinal hernia – An inguinal hernia doesn’t involve the stomach at all; it occurs when a portion of the abdomen’s muscular wall has become thinned or weakened. In some cases, part of the intestine can get stuck in the hernia, interfering with its operation and possibly even cutting off its blood supply.
Femoral hernia – This type of hernia afflicts weakened muscles in the extreme lower part of the abdomen, the resulting bulge occurs in the groin, extending toward the upper thigh.
Today’s hernia surgeries can be performed using minimally invasive procedures by surgeons such as Drs. Bhoyrul and Farinholt. A long, tubular instrument called a laparoscope is guided through a few small incisions, and specially designed tools inside the scope manipulate the tissues while a video feed displays the results. Our surgeons can repair hernias by pushing the errant tissues back into their proper place and then adding a durable mesh for extra muscular reinforcement. For hiatal hernia cases, they also reduce the size of the hiatus with sutures to discourage recurrences.
Contact Olde Del Mar to get the facts on hiatal, paraesophageal, or inguinal laparoscopic hernia surgery today — and find out how you can finally end your hernia issues.