An inguinal hernia is a hernia that protrudes through a weak spot in the stomach muscle. At times, hernia repair surgery may be necessary. At South Miami’s Surgical Associates of South Florida, LLC in South Miami, FL, we use state-of-the-art surgical equipment to shorten your recovery time when you need medical intervention to deal with a hernia.
Symptoms of a Hernia
Many hernia patients may be asymptomatic for the first couple of years. Over time, you may notice symptoms. You may see a bulge on either side of your pubic bone. Some other symptoms include:
- Pain at the bulge
- Discomfort when coughing
- Pain with bending over or lifting
- Feeling of heaviness in your groin
- Swelling and pain near the testicles
Signs You May Need a Hernia Repair
Your hernia can become strangulated. This is a life-threatening situation where a section of your intestine pushes through a weakened part of your abdominal wall. The surrounding muscles then clamp down on the exposed tissue, cutting off the supply to your small intestine. This medical condition can lead to intestinal perforation, gangrene, and death. Other symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Acute pain
- Discoloration of the hernia bulge
- Inability to have a bowel movement or pass gas
Types of Hernia Repair Surgery
The three main types of hernia procedures are:
- Open repair surgery
- Laparoscopic repair surgery
- Robotic repair surgery
Open surgery begins with a sizeable cut in the groin area. The surgeon identifies the hernia sac and pushes the hernia back into the abdomen. Then stitches and synthetic mesh are used to strengthen the abdominal wall. The recovery period from the traditional surgery is from four to six weeks.
Laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive. In this procedure, a laparoscope is inserted with a tiny camera attached through small cuts near the belly button. Your belly is filled with gas so that your doctor can see inside your body to repair the hernia. The small incisions are closed with one or two stitches or surgical tape. Recovery time is drastically reduced compared to open surgery.
Lastly, robotic surgery is similar to laparoscopic surgery, with one major exception. The doctor handles the surgical instruments from a console in the operating room. The robot allows for a three-dimensional view inside the body, enabling a better view than laparoscopic surgery.
Benefits of Hernia Repair
The benefits of hernia repair surgery depend on which surgical technique is used. Surgery, in general, can save your life, and it stops the pain associated with the medical condition. If your hernia becomes strangulated, you can have serious complications leading to death. Laparoscopic and robotic surgery benefits include:
- Less pain
- Smaller incisions
- Less scarring
- Shorter recovery time
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The only way to repair a hernia is with surgical intervention. If you have a hernia and notice it is getting progressively worse, but you do not want a lengthy recovery period, then robotic hernia surgery may be the answer.
At Surgical Associates of South Florida, we perform robotic surgery because it is simpler, more comfortable, and safer than the traditional open surgery. Call the Surgical Associates of South Florida, LLC in South Miami for your consultation today.