• March 4, 2024

When Might You Need Surgery for a Hernia?

Hernias are common medical conditions that occur when an organ or tissue pushes through a weak spot in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue. While not all hernias require surgery, understanding when it becomes necessary is crucial for effective treatment. This blog explains the various aspects of hernia surgery, including types of repairs such as open and laparoscopic procedures, and the subsequent recovery.

Understanding Hernias

A hernia can manifest in different areas such as the abdomen, groin, or upper thigh. It occurs when there’s a weakness or opening in the muscle or tissue wall, allowing organs or tissues to protrude. While some hernias can be managed with lifestyle changes and monitoring, others may require surgical intervention, especially when they cause persistent pain, discomfort, or complications.

Types of Hernia Repairs and Hernia Surgery

1. Open Hernia Repair

Open hernia repair is a traditional surgical method involving a larger incision to access and repair the hernia. This approach provides direct visibility, making it suitable for complex cases. Our general surgeons offer open hernia repair procedures for safe, successful hernia surgery and smooth recovery.

2. Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

Laparoscopic hernia repair, also known as minimally invasive surgery, involves smaller incisions through which a camera and specialized instruments are inserted. This technique reduces scarring, minimizes postoperative pain, and promotes a quicker recovery.

TOPS Surgical Specialty Hospital is equipped with advanced technology for laparoscopic hernia repairs.

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Recovery Process

The recovery process following hernia surgery varies based on the chosen repair method and individual factors. Open hernia repair may involve a longer recovery period, while laparoscopic approaches often result in quicker rehabilitation. Physical activity may be restricted initially, with a gradual return to normal activities under the guidance of healthcare professionals.

Explore the options for hernia surgery with the general surgeons at TOPS Surgical Specialty Hospital. On the General Surgery Services page, you can scroll down to find the right general surgeon near you for your hernia repair and click the link to their website to make an appointment.

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