You want to return to health as soon as possible, and we want that for you.
We understand that being diagnosed with a hernia can be scary and stressful. You probably have a lot of questions and some anxiety. Our goal is to arm you with information, provide you with the best experience possible, and give you optimal results.
The guide below is designed to help you understand hernias, their related surgeries, and expectations. Of course, your surgeon will provide more detail regarding your specific situation.
What is a HERNIA?
A hernia occurs when the inside layers of the abdominal wall have weakened, resulting in a bulge or tear. In the same way that an inner tube pushes through a damaged tire, the inner lining of the abdomen pushes through the weakened area of the abdominal wall to form a small balloon-like sac.
What causes a hernia?
The wall of the abdomen has natural areas of potential weakness. Hernias can develop at these areas.
How do I know if I have a hernia?
The common areas where hernias occur are in the groin (inguinal), belly button (umbilical), and the site of a previous operation (incisional).
Do I need to have my hernia fixed?
You should always have a hernia evaluated by a doctor. The doctor will help you determine if surgery is necessary and if surgery is safe in your situation.
How are hernias fixed?
A hernia repair usually involves 2 steps:
Repairs can be accomplished with open, laparoscopic, robotic or a combination of techniques. Each technique has its pros and cons. Usually repairs using small incisions, such as laparoscopic or robotic, lead to faster recovery and less complications. Larger or recurrent hernias can be very complex and require a hernia specialist to obtain the best results. The hernia specialist will have more knowledge, tools, techniques and skills to tailor the best operation to your situation.