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Hernia Surgery: What You Need to Know

A hernia occurs when there is weakness or even a whole in a muscle that allows tissue or organs to bulge up through the defect. Hernias range widely in severity from hardly noticeable to life-threatening. Surgery may be necessary to remove a hernia.

Where Do Hernias Form?

A hernia can develop in many different areas of your body. The most common area are the abdomen and groin areas. Some hernias are present at birth. These are known as congenital hernias. A hernia can be develop later in life. It can grow over time or present as a more immediate complication from a surgery or procedure.

Will You Need Hernia Surgery?

Not all hernias require surgery. If your hernia causes severe pain and discomfort, or continues to grow, your doctor may recommend surgical intervention to remove it. If tissues become trapped in the abdominal wall, this hernia is considered to be an incarceration and needs surgery. If an incarceration goes untreated, it can lead to strangulation. This is an emergency situation where blood supply to your tissues gets cut off, according to Very Well Health. Surgery in this case is a must.

Type of Hernia Surgery

There are two types of procedures that doctors use to perform hernia surgery. Your physician will determine which surgery is best for you depending on your hernia’s size, location and type along with your general health, age and lifestyle. In either case, most patients can go home the same day as the operation.

  • Laparoscopy: Surgeons will the abdominal cavity with gas to get a good look at your organs. He or she will make a few small incisions near the hernia, insert a thin tube with a camera on the end, and repair the hernia with mesh. You’ll be under general anesthesia for this surgery.
  • Open surgery: For this surgery, local or general anesthesia can be used. The surgeon will cut open your skin, and then push the hernia back into place or remove it totally. Then the weak area of muscle where the hernia pushed through will be stitched tight. Additional mesh may be placed for support.

Surgery Risks

All surgeries come with some degree of risk, and hernia surgery is no different. You may experience infection of the wound, blood clots, pain in the area where the surgery was performed, nerve damage and even recurrence of the hernia, according to WebMD .

Recovering from Surgery

Be sure to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions to the letter. Let you body take the time it needs to heal. Do not do any sort of heavy lifting while you recover, as you risk an incisional hernia. Recovery is typically faster with laparoscopic surgery than with open surgery. On average, most laparoscopic patients return to their normal routine a week sooner.


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