Hernia Surgery

What is a hernia?

A hernia is a hole somewhere in the body that is not a part of our normal anatomy. Common hernias include inguinal hernias (hernia in the groin), umbilical hernias (hernia at the belly button), ventral hernias (refers to hernias in the front of the abdomen), incisional hernias (hernias that are present from prior abdominal incisions), epigastric hernias (hernia in the upper middle of the abdomen), subxiphoid hernia (hernias just below the breast-bone), supra-pubic hernias (hernia just above the pubic bone), and lumbar hernias (hernias on the lateral abdomen, flank, and back).

Symptoms of a Hernia

Hernias are usually present as either a bulge, pain or both. Patients may notice that the symptoms come and go, and may be associated with straining, coughing, sneezing, or bending over. When a hernia is noticed by a patient, it should be evaluated by a 

hernia surgeon

 to determine if the hernia needs to be repaired.

Treatment options for hernias

Some hernias are safe to watch. Others need to be repaired. In general, if a hernia is not causing any symptoms, it can be safely watched if the patient so desires. When symptoms of bulging or pain do occur, these can sometimes be safely treated with devices that keep pressure on the area to prevent tissue from bulging through the hernia. These include truss support devices for inguinal hernias and abdominal binders for abdominal wall hernias. There is no way to fix a hernia without surgery.

Indications for repair of a hernia

The hernia allows tissue to bulge out of the abdomen. This tissue is not safe if it is trapped in this abnormal location. When hernias begin to cause discomfort or pain, this could be an indication that the tissue is being damaged, and this is an indication for repair of the hernia. When tissue from inside the abdomen becomes trapped in the hernia, it is called an incarcerated hernia. These hernias should be evaluated by a surgeon promptly and usually require repair. An incarcerated hernia typically presents with pain and a bulge that becomes firm secondary to inflammation. If the tissue is not returned to its normal location promptly, the tissue can be damaged and even die (strangulation). This is a surgical emergency and must be tended to immediately through the emergency department at a local hospital.

Surgical Options for 

Hernia Repair

Open Surgery

Hernias can be repaired with open surgery. In this technique, an incision is made over the hernia, and the hole is repaired with sutures. In some cases, a piece of mesh is used to reinforce the hernia repair. The purpose of this is to prevent a recurrence (return) of the hernia, but is not always needed.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Robotic-assisted surgery provides another option for repair of hernias. This technique uses small incisions far away from the hernia itself, and repairs the hernia from the inside, without a large incision right over the hernia. Mesh is used to reinforce the repair of these hernias. This is necessary to prevent a hernia from coming back again. Robotic surgery allows for the use of smaller incisions. In addition, patients experience less pain after robotic surgery for repair of hernias. Patients that have robotic surgery for repair of their hernias also often experience less wound healing problems.

The Best Robotic Hernia Surgery Center In Meridian

The surgeons at Medical Arts Surgical Group are able to offer patients both open surgery and robotic-assisted hernia surgery for the treatment of hernias. Because we are able to provide both treatment options, we can discuss each approach with patients and come up with a treatment plan that is individualized. This approach provides the most benefit for each patient, avoiding a “one-size fits all” methodology that can prevent patients from reaching their goals and getting back to the life they want to live. If you have symptoms of a hernia, schedule an appointment with us today and let us help you come up with a treatment plan that is best for you!