Hernia Surgery (General)
Underlying Problem Requiring Hernia Surgery:
A hernia is the result when some sort of tissue makes its way through a muscle or membrane that should be holding it in place. The organ or other structure pushes through the muscle or membrane, creating a hole. They most commonly happen in the abdomen when a weak abdominal wall develops a hole through with the tissues can protrude. While fat is usually the first tissues to protrude, it can be followed by organs, and this can strangle them and cause them to lose effectiveness. At their worst, hernias can cause organ dysfunction, gangrene, and death.
The most common approach to repairing a hernia is to close up the hole and reinforce the muscle or membrane. In a traditional surgery, the muscles will be pulled back together. Newer techniques involve patching the tear with a mesh implant that has been sewn or stapled in place. Tissue can actually grow on and through this mesh to make it a permanent part of the body. Studies are showing that this approach typically has fewer recurrences.
Recovery from Hernia Repair/Surgery:
Patients undergoing hernia surgery will often be able to return to work after a week or two, although there will be significant restrictions on activities such as lifting. When the newer procedures utilizing the mesh are performed, recovery time is shortened, and patients can usually return to work in a matter of days instead of weeks. Still, a doctor will be responsible for helping to determine which is the right approach for each individual patient.
Just a few of the more common types of hernias that may be treated are:
- Diaphragmatic Hernias
- Femoral Hernias
- Incisional Hernias
- Inguinal Hernias
- Umbilical Herias
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