Bariatric & Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist in Suffolk County
Here at South Shore Surgical Specialists, one of the most commonly performed minimally invasive surgical procedures is the hernia repair. A hernia can occur when the muscle wall of the abdomen begins to weaken. Bulging or tearing of this protective outer wall allows the inner lining of the abdomen to push through. This condition can be extremely painful and must be corrected quickly in order to avoid any additional complications. The pain associated with a hernia can start as mild, but if left untreated, can quickly escalate.
When Medical Attention Should be Pursued?
It is important to note that severe hernias may not present commensurate pain, so medical attention should be sought as soon as possible.
Hernia repair is a straightforward procedure and is sometimes performed in conjunction with a bariatric procedure if the need or opportunity arises. The three most commonly performed hernia operations are inguinal, incisional and umbilical. All three represent the same condition in different parts of the body. Treating the hernia when it first occurs is often a relatively simple procedure, however allowing the hernia to grow and cause complications, making the surgery more complex. In these cases, the patient may be more susceptible to complications and recurrence.
Many of our hernia repairs are performed in in a minimally invasive manner, reducing pain, blood loss and recovery time. Certain patients will require an open hernia repair, which can be determined after a thorough evaluation and consultation with our office.
Repairs are performed, for the most part, in an outpatient surgery setting, but some procedures will require an overnight stay. Much like any other surgical procedure, there are risks associated with a hernia repair, especially if the hernia is difficult to reach. Patients should discuss the benefits and risks of this surgery with our office or their primary care physician.