A hernia is a tear in the abdominal wall. It can occur for a variety of reasons pertaining to pregnancy, genetics, physical exertion, weight, and age. It happens when a part of the intestine or other organ is pushed through an opening in abdominal tissue. Hernias appear as little, or even large, bumps on the sides of the body. They can be dangerous and even life-threatening if immediate reparative action is not taken. We urge you to learn more about hernia repair with Surgical Associates of South Florida.
Do You Need Surgery?
When we consult with someone who might be in need of a hernia repair, we keep an eye open for certain clues. We certainly recommend surgery if part of the intestine is stuck in the abdominal wall. This is what is called an inguinal hernia. These kinds of hernias can be painful if you touch them or move in certain ways. Sometimes they might not be painful at all, but the location of the hernia can cause complications later and surgery should is recommended.
Sometimes hernias are more critical, as in the cases of incarcerated hernias. Our medical professionals can spot this kind of hernia right away by gently touching it. If the hernia bulge does not respond, then it is stuck in the abdominal wall muscle tissue. This can present a pressing problem, requiring surgery as soon as possible.
When Hernias Go Unnoticed
Many people with hernias don’t even know that they have them. They don’t notice them until they feel an abdominal sharpness or other uncomfortable sensation. A quick look at the troublesome area may then reveal a bump they haven’t noticed before. If this has happened to you, it’s important to schedule a consultation with a doctor as soon as you can. Although some hernias may not be critical, they can begin to expand very quickly just from the mild exertions of everyday life.
Basics of Hernia Repair
To fix hernias, we utilize the daVinci® surgical robot; this combines the traditional “open” technique with a more laproscopic approach. This is a minimally-invasive procedure that allows for the healing capabilities of open surgery with the benefits and quick recovery of the laproscopic option.
If you would like to learn more about hernia repair, reach out to make an appointment with Surgical Associates of South Florida. Don’t hesitate when it comes to your health – contact us today to schedule a consultation! Our office is located in Miami, FL.