Laparoscopic Ventral And Inguinal Hernia Repair
What is a ventral hernia?
A ventral hernia is also known as a hernia of the anterior abdominal wall or an umbilical hernia. A ventral hernia is a bulge of tissues through an opening within your abdominal wall muscles.
Is it dangerous?
If the tissues that have herniated cannot be “pushed back in” to the abdominal cavity, this is known as an incarcerated hernia, which can lead to a loss of blood supply to the tissues, known as a strangulated hernia. Strangulated hernias are a life-threatening condition and need to be treated emergently.
It is difficult to determine who will have an incarcerated or strangulated hernia, thus it is advisable to seek surgical consultation for your hernia to determine if it needs to be fixed. Dr. Chaudhry will take a thorough history and physical exam to determine if and when your hernia needs to be fixed.
How is the ventral hernia fixed?
At Advanced Houston Surgical, Dr. Chaudhry employs the latest laparoscopic surgical techniques to fix your hernia and speed recovery. He utilizes a two-incision approach to decrease post-operative pain.
The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure and you should expect to go back to work within a week. Main restriction after surgery is to avoid lifting anything greater than 10 pounds for 3-4 weeks to decrease chance of hernia recurrence. Dr. Chaudhry will follow up with you 2-3 weeks after your procedure.
What is an inguinal hernia?
An inguinal hernia is when tissues bulge through a weakness in the abdominal muscles around your inguinal canal, also known as a groin hernia. Someone may recall an incident of heavy lifting or moving something that led to a “popping” sensation or sound, although many do not experience an inciting event.
Is it dangerous?
If left untreated, an inguinal hernia will continue to enlarge and can lead to strangulation of tissues (including strangulation of intestines).
How is an inguinal hernia fixed?
Dr. Chaudhry is well-trained in both laparoscopic and open approaches for inguinal hernia repairs. He will determine the best approach based on the size and location of your inguinal hernia. Some people have bilateral hernias (hernias on both right and left sides). Dr. Chaudhry highly recommends the laparoscopic approach for bilateral hernias given the minimal incisions needed to repair both sides.
The surgery is done as an outpatient procedure. You should be able to return to work within a week with the main restriction of not lifting anything heavier than 10 pounds for 3-4 weeks after surgery. Dr. Chaudhry will follow up with you 2-3 weeks after your procedure.