Hernias can be a serious issue for many of our patients. Hernias can occur when there is a weakening or separation in the strong muscle walls that hold our abdominal organs in place. As the tissue weakens, a small bulge or sack can form from the lining of the abdomen. The internal pressure can often push a loop of your intestine into this bulge.
Many patients who have a hernia only notice the bulge, or may not notice until their doctor points it out. Other patients experience discomfort, pain, or sometimes excruciating pain. Additionally, if left untreated, hernias can cause serious issues or intestinal blockages that require emergency surgery to protect the patient’s life.
You should know that hernias don’t go away on their own and that an operation is the only way to correct the issue and protect yourself.
There are several different types of hernias, belly button (umbilical hernia), a hernia at the site of a previous operation (incisional hernia), or a hernia that occurs in the groin (inguinal hernia). A hernia can occur in both men and women. Some patients know the minute that they get a hernia because they feel sudden pain when lifting a heavy object, cough, strain during urination or a bowel movement, or can be caused by prolonged sitting or standing. As previously mentioned, sometimes your doctor will be the one to identify a hernia.
While many hernias don’t present an immediate risk to your life, you should make sure to schedule an appointment as soon as you notice an issue. However, if you experience severe and continuous pain, redness, or tenderness, you should immediately seek medical help. Any of these issues can be the symptom of a strangulated or entrapped hernia.
There are several potential causes of an inguinal hernia. There are specific points in the abdominal wall that are generally weaker and prone to a hernia. Many women can experience an inguinal hernia following childbirth. However, hernias can present in both sexes and at any age. They can be caused by excessive or prolonged coughing, heavy lifting or straining, and difficulty with bowel movements or urination.
Hernia repairs used to have to be completed through a large incision to repair the abdominal walls. This approach has been eclipsed by the laparoscopic approach. Laparoscopic surgeries utilize several small incisions where tools and cameras can be inserted underneath the skin to access the problem area. This approach leaves patients with minimal scarring, helps to reduce the overall recovery time, and reduces the potential for infection.
The laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair is completed by inserting a small camera to allow your surgeon to see their work. The wall is then repaired and may be stapled, glued, or sutured together. Typically, a fine mesh is also placed over the site to help add more strength to the abdominal wall and keep future issues from reoccurring at that specific site.
The surgery itself is performed under general anesthesia but on an outpatient basis. This means that you’ll come in and leave on the same day. However, you will have been under a general anesthetic, so you will need somebody else to take you home. Following the surgery, you should rest, but you are generally encouraged to be moving around the next day. Patients can typically return to their normal schedule within a week.
If you think you have a hernia or have been diagnosed with a hernia, contact Clarity Surgical in Long Island, NY today. Our talented staff can review your case and talk to you about your options and clearly explain how the procedure works. We work hard to make sure that you are informed and comfortable about the plan we develop. Call us today at (516) 400-4900 to schedule your consultation!