A hernia occurs when a weak spot in your belly muscles allows a piece of
your intestines or the tissue around them to poke through. This can cause a bulge in the area. It can also cause pain. But you may not feel anything.
The hernia may be in your
groin. Or it may be near your belly button. In some cases, it's in a scar from an earlier surgery. A doctor
can fix a hernia through a cut (incision) made near it. This is called open
surgery. Or the doctor may make some very small cuts and use a thin,
lighted scope and small tools. This is laparoscopic surgery. If your
hernia is bulging, the bulge is pushed back into place. The doctor then sews
the healthy tissue back together. Often a piece of material is used to patch
the weak spot.
Open surgery will leave a longer scar. Laparoscopic surgery leaves a few small scars. The scars
will fade with time.
You may need to take 1 to 2 weeks
off from work. This depends on the type of work you do and how you feel.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor
if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and
keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
August 9, 2016
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Brent Shoji, MD - General Surgery
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