Hernia Specialist

Michael Sutker, MD

Bariatric, General & Laparoscopic Surgeon located in Dallas, TX & McKinney, TX

When you frequently lift heavy objects or strain when using the bathroom, your risk for developing a painful hernia increases. At his offices in Dallas and McKinney, Texas, Michael Sutker, MD, offers comprehensive surgical care for a variety of hernia types, including inguinal hernias, umbilical hernias, and incisional hernias. Dr. Sutker uses the da Vinci® robotic surgery technology to repair weak spots in your muscles and reduce your risk for additional hernias. Call the office of Michael Sutker, MD, PA, nearest you or request a hernia evaluation through the online booking system today.

Hernia Q&A

What is a hernia?

A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through an opening in your muscles or soft tissues. Weak spots in your muscles or tissue can develop from:

  • Obesity
  • Constipation
  • Chronic cough
  • Heavy lifting

You can also develop a hernia following an injury or a surgical procedure.

What are the symptoms of a hernia?

Symptoms of a hernia depend on where the hernia occurs. While a hernia can develop anywhere in your body, the abdomen is the most common location for a hernia.

This type of hernia is known as an umbilical hernia and occurs when a part of your intestine or intra abdominal fat pushes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall. This can cause a noticeable bulge near your belly button.

If the tissue herniates, its blood supply is cut off (strangulation) and the tissue can die off. This can lead to severe abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.

Other types of hernias include:

Inguinal hernia

Inguinal hernias occur when part of your intestines push through your abdominal muscles, creating a visible bulge in your groin.

Ventral or incisional hernia

Ventral or incisional hernias can develop following a surgery. This type of hernia occurs in the center of your abdomen near the incision and can cause persistent pain. If not treated, incisional hernias can cause complications, including an intestinal obstruction.

While hernias are generally harmless, strangulation and intestinal obstruction can be a serious complication. You may also find it difficult to stay physically active because of the bulge and persistent pain of a hernia.

How is a hernia treated?

Hernias won’t go away on their own. When your hernia symptoms begin to interfere with your quality of life, Dr. Sutker can perform minimally invasive surgery to repair it.

Umbilical hernia surgery

Surgery to repair umbilical hernias involves da Vinci robot-assisted surgery or open surgical techniques. Dr. Sutker makes an incision near your belly button to reposition your organs and close the opening in your abdomen.

If you have a large hernia, he may use mesh to repair the hole and reduce your risk for an additional hernia.

Inguinal hernia surgery

To repair an inguinal hernia, Dr. Sutker uses laparoscopic techniques and the assistance of the da Vinci robotic surgery system. He makes a small incision to access the hernia and move your intestines back into position. He repairs the hole in your abdominal wall with plastic or mesh.

Ventral or incisional hernia surgery

Dr. Sutker uses open or laparoscopic surgical techniques to repair the hernia and reduce your risk for further hernias and other complications.

Following hernia repair surgery, you can expect to resume some of your usual activities within two weeks. Dr. Sutker continues to monitor your healing progress and can determine when it’s safe for you to exercise and engage in other strenuous activities without increasing your risk for another hernia.

To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for a painful hernia, call the office of Michael Sutker, MD, PA, nearest you or book an appointment online today.