is a hernia?
A hernia is a protrusion or bulge, generally in the groin
or umbilical region. It occurs when a portion of the tissue
that lines the abdomen breaks through a weak area of the abdominal
wall. This weakness is usually caused from excessive strain
or may even be present at birth. Less frequently, a hernia
may occur along a previous incision.
a hernia get better?
The hernia cannot repair itself, nor can medicine cure the
condition. The patient may choose to tolerate the pain and
wear a truss. However, this can result in the bowel getting
caught in the hernia - a serious and potentially life-threatening
situation. Surgery is the only way to repair a hernia.
are my options?
The doctors of North Valley Surgical Associates utilize multiple
techniques to repair hernias. Techniques vary from a standard
repair (with or without mesh) to minimally invasive laparoscopic
the mesh technique, the surgeon makes a small incision (approximately
4" long) over the site of the hernia. The bulge is returned
to its proper position and a piece of fine mesh is placed
at the opening in the abdominal wall. The mesh is firmly held
in place with permanent internal sutures. The outer incision
is then closed, usually with disolvable sutures.
hernia repair requires several small incisions (usually ¼"
to ½" long) through the abdominal wall and the
navel. A laparoscope (tiny telescope) connected to a camera
is inserted, giving the surgeon an excellent view of the inside
of the hernia. The tissue is pulled back into place and mesh
or stitches are used to repair the abdominal wall.
Occasionally, usually due to prior surgery and scarring or
other medical conditions, a patient may require traditional
hernia surgery. Traditional surgery requires a larger incision
to repair the herniated tissue. Because of the increased stress
on the body, recover time is often longer (three to six weeks).
are the advantages of a minimally invasive technique?
Because these techniques require small incisions and place
less stress on internal tissues, patients experience much
less postoperative pain than following traditional surgery.
Patients are generally able to return home within a few hours
of surgery. They heal faster, and many people are able to
return to work in a couple of days. Normal daily activity
may resume within a week and more strenuous activity within
a few weeks.
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