As hernia specialists, we are able to identify and treat a variety of hernias. At General & Laparoscopic Surgeons of New York LLP, we will examine the patient’s condition and determine the best course of action. The pain may not be immense right away. In other cases, the patient may seek treatment at an urgent care and receive a misdiagnosis for the hernia. The main issue is that people may not be able to determine the exact cause, before seeking treatment at our practice. There are two main treatment options that we can use to treat hernias: laparoscopic surgery or open repair. Below are some of the main types of hernias that we can treat.
A ventral hernia occurs when an abdominal surgery works but the surgeon made a small mistake and a new hernia forms at the site of the original incision. Patients who hope that this type of hernia will get smaller or go away with time will be unhappy to know that neither of those are the outcome. Like other hernias, a ventral hernia will stay the same or enlarge over time.
We can treat this type of hernia with a laparoscopy procedure or open repair. If the hernia is small, then we will be able to treat it using the laparoscopic procedure instead of open repair. For younger patients, we may recommend an abdominal wall reconstruction that brings the rectus muscles back to the proper position in the mid-line of the abdomen.
An inguinal hernia is a hernia that forms on either side of the groin in an area known as the inguinal canal. The hernia can cause an opening in the canal that the patient will feel as a bulge in the groin area.
Since the groin and area of the inguinal canal are complex, patients need to seek professional care and not seek treatment from an urgent care. For treatment, we may recommend a laparoscopic repair that involves placing a small mesh inside the wall over the opening. Fortunately, we do not need to normally make an incision larger than 1 cm for this procedure.
A sports hernia can occur in athletes who over-exert themselves during a game and even in people who just play with friends. While a main sports injury can cause the hernia, there are also situations in which patients will not be able to discover an exact moment the sports hernia began. A sports hernia will have pain in the groin, lower abdomen and the inner thigh, which is also known as the adductor region.
Without treatment, the pain will only get worse over time. While surgery is usually the necessary treatment, patients need to seek treatment from a surgeon specializing in laparoscopic surgery. The type of treatment will depend on how long the patient has the hernia before seeking treatment. It is important for a patient to see a specialist since general doctors may misdiagnose the hernia.
An umbilical hernia results when part of the intestine protrudes from the umbilical opening in the abdominal muscles. While umbilical hernias are more common in infants, adults are also susceptible to them. With children, the umbilical hernia will disappear around 1 or 2 years of age. Adults may experience symptoms such as pain around the belly button, nausea, queasiness or midline abdominal tenderness.
Treatment varies on the condition of the patient. If the hernia causes the patient pain, then we will consider surgery. Most children do not need surgery to treat an umbilical hernia. Regardless, it is crucial to consult a specialized professional who can identify the issue and determine the necessary treatment.
While femoral hernias are not common, they are still a possibility in patients. Femoral hernias occur as a bulge at the groin crease on the body. A femoral hernia will cause pain that is similar to other hernias such as weakness in the muscles, stomach pain, groin pain and nausea.
In some cases, the femoral hernia is small enough to not require surgery. However, if the symptoms worsen or the hernia is large enough, surgery may become the best option. Seeking a specialized diagnosis from our team will help to identify the type of hernia.
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To begin the process, we will identify the type of hernia through a consultation and examination of the patient. Once we understand what we are dealing with, we will then determine and administer the most effective treatment method. With so many types of hernias and varying levels of pain the patient can struggle with, it is crucial to seek professional treatment from our team.
We have the training and experience in treating hernias to determine the best course of action and prevent a misdiagnosis that a patient may get from general care. With our knowledge, skills and tools, we can help patients receive the care they need. For more information on our services or to schedule an appointment, give us a call.Read More