Hernia Surgery

Hernias are a common area of need for general surgery. When an organ or part of tissue protrudes through a hole in the muscle wall that should hold it in place, a hernia occurs. There are many things that can cause a hernia including pervious surgery in that area, increased pressure due to obesity, or from a natural muscle weakness or opening that worsens over time.

Types of Hernias

There are multiple kinds of hernias that are treated at South Mississippi Surgeons’ South Mississippi Hernia Center, including:

  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Sports Hernia
  • Umbilical
  • Inguinal
  • Femoral Hernias
  • Obturator Hernia
  • Spigelian Hernias

Who it Affects

Hernia can affect all ages and genders. Other factors that can increase your risk of a hernia include:

  • Improper heavy lifting
  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Sharp blows to the abdomen
  • Chronic cough
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Poor nutrition
  • Family history

Treatment

Painful or enlarging hernias usually require surgery to relieve discomfort and prevent serious complications. For common small hernias such as an inguinal or umbilical hernia, the hole or weakness is often repaired using a mesh material to reinforce and support the weakened area. A hernia may be repaired using an open or laparoscopic technique. Hernia repair is one of the most common surgeries in the United States. According to the FDA, over one million Americans undergo some type of hernia surgery annually. Our surgeons treat hernias that range from routine to complex, such as recurrent hernias.

With so many types of hernias and the unique needs of each patient, there are many different approaches to surgery and recovery, and your surgeon will guide you through the best approach for you. Your hernia surgery, whether open or laparoscopic, will require general anesthesia and may be followed by a short hospital stay. It will be important to take it easy in the first few weeks after you go home, particularly in terms of lifting heavy objects or other strenuous activity. Surgery and resultant recovery will vary from patient-to-patient.

Contact us today to learn more about options for your healthcare needs.
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