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How is a Hernia Repair Performed?
A hernia is when tissues in the groin area protrude out of a weak spot in the abdominal area such as the stomach or lower. Typically, this can be a tissue or part of an organ that is bulging outwards in a weak area of the body. Hernias can be serious in some conditions and knowing how they are repaired can be beneficial to a person who is experiencing one.
Hernia repairs are done frequently by medical professionals because they are not uncommon. Though the procedure can be involved, it is always best to have them repaired so that a person remains in good health. Being aware of what a hernia repair consists of can help someone feel more comfortable when the time comes to have the procedure done.
How is a hernia repair performed?
It’s important to know that a hernia can be repaired through two different surgical procedures. The first can be done through open surgery while the second can be done laparoscopically.
The surgeon will make an open cut near where the hernia is. The surgeon will separate the hernia from the organs or tissues that are surrounding it. He or she will then push it back into the abdominal wall or remove it if it is apart of a sac. Once the hernia sac is removed or pushed back into place, the surgeon will close the open wound.
Often because the area is weak (which caused the hernia), the surgeon may attach an additional graft to ensure that the abdominal wall is strengthened through the healing process.
A surgeon will make a few small cuts in the lower abdominal area which allows them to insert a small scope that has a light and a camera attached to it. This small camera is called a laparoscope and it allows the surgeon to see inside where the hernia is at. Once the laparoscope is inside the belly, a safe gas is pumped inside in order to expand the area so that a surgeon can see better.
Once the belly is expanded, other necessary surgical tools are inserted through the same cuts in order to repair the hernia. The repairs can be done the same way that they are done with open surgery - by pushing the hernia back into the abdomen or by removing the sac.
Hernia repair surgery isn’t too invasive and it does allow for a surgeon to repair someone that is experiencing poor health as such. While people often fear having surgical procedures done, it can be helpful to know exactly how they are done to help ease any fears. Repairing the hernia can be necessary for people in order to avoid further complications within the abdomen.
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