Hernia Repair and Relief in Dallas, TX
When an organ breaks through an opening in your muscle or tissue, it’s known as a hernia. Most hernias result from muscle weakness and strain due to injury, surgery, and chronic cough. They can occur in many areas of the body, including the upper thigh and groin, but are most commonly found in the abdominal area. Though rarely life-threatening on their own, hernias will not go away on their own and can continue to grow and cause pain, putting you at risk for further complications. Michael J. Sutker, M.D., P.A. is dedicated to providing patients like you with the relief you deserve through careful, comprehensive hernia repair, allowing you to get back to living life to the fullest.
Umbilical hernias are most commonly found in babies when a gap in the abdominal wall allows for the umbilical cord to fall through. While they commonly resolve on their own in babies and young children, umbilical hernias can also affect adults when undue pressure or stress is placed on the abdominal muscles. In these cases, surgery is often required to relieve intense pain and discomfort in addition to minimizing the risk of further complications. If Michael J. Sutker, M.D., P.A. determines that you’re a candidate for umbilical hernia repair, you’ll likely need to fast before surgery. The procedure itself should take about an hour or so and is typically a same-day surgery. In most cases, a small incision will be made near your navel where the hernia is bulging, and the surgeon will guide intestinal tissue back into place. In many cases, the abdominal wall will be strengthened with medical-grade mesh before being closed off with stitches.
Inguinal hernias occur in the groin region of both men and women, developing when either fat or intestinal tissue emerges through a weak spot in the abdominal wall, causing a visible bulge that may be painful. Men are typically at higher risk for inguinal hernias. Surgery is almost always the primary method of treatment. Depending on your circumstances and the opinion of your surgeon, your inguinal hernia repair may include open or laparoscopic herniorrhaphy. In either case, your surgeon will return tissues to their rightful positions and repair the source of abdominal wall weakness. While recovery from open inguinal hernia repair is slightly longer, laparoscopic repair has a slightly increased risk of hernia recurrence. Your surgeon will help you decide which method is best for your needs.
Ventral and Incisional Hernias
Ventral or incisional hernias tend to develop in the center of the abdominal area following a prior surgical incision. They typically present as a bulge near the incision site that can vary from small to very large and cause sharp pain and discomfort during physical activity. Some ventral hernias can lead to intestinal obstruction if left unchecked. Like most hernia repair procedures, your surgeon may recommend either open or laparoscopic surgery to repair a ventral or incisional hernia depending on your unique circumstances. Laparoscopic procedures generally entail shorter recovery times but are not recommended in cases where the hernia is exceptionally large or is surrounded by excessive prior scar tissue.
Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
In some cases, patients who experience common recurrence of hernias following multiple hernia repair procedures may need to undergo abdominal wall reconstruction. The goal of this procedure is to treat wounds, restructure abdominal tissue, and reinforce the muscles of the abdomen. Patients are typically placed under general anesthesia for the duration of the surgery, which can take anywhere from four to six hours depending on the complexity of the situation. Your surgeon will separate each layer of the abdominal wall, placing tissue where it naturally belongs, and may reinforce weaker areas with surgical mesh to provide additional support and strength. Most patients can return to regular activity within two to five weeks of their abdominal wall reconstruction procedure.