Abdominal Hernia Repair
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in the navel or groin area, especially when you cough, pick up a heavy object, or stand for too long, it could be a hernia.
The Lincoln Surgical team wants to ensure our patients have the information they need when it comes to your condition and treatment options, so we've put together some helpful facts on hernias and the procedures we can use to treat them.
Our team repairs920
hernias a year.
What is a hernia?
Hernias come in a variety of locations in the body. The most common ones we see are abdominal wall hernias. They can happen through normal weak spots in the abdominal wall in the inguinal region, groin, or around the belly button. Commonly, they happen after someone has had open surgery. A patient has been repaired at the muscular level, but that repair has come apart over the years.
What causes a hernia?
When people cough, strain at the stool, sneeze, twist, or lift, that is called valsalva. Whenever someone increases that pressure, things tend to want to pop through those defects. Many times they pop in and out, which is an aggravating, ongoing problem that someone might not seek medical attention for, but it can get stuck. If the intestine or the omental fat, which is a fatty apron in the abdomen, pokes through that hole and isn't relieved back through, you can have ongoing symptoms. It becomes quite painful and a surgical emergency if that happens.
What are the treatment options for hernias?
The approach to repairing hernias depends on the type of hernia, how big it is, where it's located, and what previous surgeries the patient has had. We may perform an open or a minimally invasive repair, whether laparoscopic or robotic assisted. We can tailor a repair for what's going to be best for the patient.