What is a hernia?
A hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or fascia. The most common types of hernia are:
- Inguinal – the intestine or the bladder protrudes through the abdominal wall or into the inguinal canal in the groin.
- Incisional – the intestine pushes through the abdominal wall at the site of a previous abdominal surgery.
- Femoral – the intestine enters the canal carrying the femoral artery into the upper thigh.
- Umbilical – part of the small intestine passes through the abdominal wall near the navel.
- Hiatal – the upper stomach squeezes through the hiatus, which is the opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes.
Hernia repair has been around for a long time. While not every technique is right for every hernia, they all have common goals: to provide the strongest repair with as little discomfort and the quickest recovery possible. Until about 25 years ago, hernias were only repaired in one way, referred to as ‘open tension’ repair. This method has been tried and true for decades and may be the only way to repair a very large hernia. The incision tends to be painful and recovery can take as long as five to six weeks. Today’s hernia repair includes new techniques and materials that can make surgery less invasive, recovery faster, and recurrence less likely. The earlier you’re able to catch it, the more options you’re likely to have.
At South Lake Pain Institute, we conduct clinical trials for hernia repair in hopes of discovering newer and better techniques for fixing this extremely uncomfortable condition. If you would like to participate in our trials, click here to fill out the provided form and we will contact you with more information. If you have any questions about your hernia that didn’t get answered above, feel free to contact us anytime.