Thursday , March 4 2021

Types of Hernias & Treatment Options: What You Should Know

If there is a weakness in the muscle or soft tissue, a hernia can develop by way of, an organ or fatty tissue squeezing through the fascia. Many people are familiar with intestines protruding through a weak point in the abdominal wall, but there are many types of hernias and causes. Hernias can range in severity and symptoms, for this reason, it’s essential to see a specialist to determine if you need treatment and if there is a possibility of organ or intestinal strangulation, which is a life-threatening condition.
Common Types of Hernia
• Inguinal (inner groin)
• Incisional (resulting from a surgical incision)
• Hiatal (upper stomach)
• Femoral (groin/hip)
• Umbilical (belly button)
Hernia Treatment
Depending on the size, location, and severity of the hernia, they can be repaired with either open or laparoscopic surgery. Open surgery uses a full incision to repair the area, while laparoscopic surgery uses a small camera and tiny surgical equipment to repair the hernia through ports, which are very small incisions.
Laparoscopic hernia repair is a minimally invasive method that typically utilizes three ports. The camera allows the surgeon to view the operating field on a monitor, which allows the physician to visualize the organs and instruments with clarity, providing unprecedented control and optimal outcomes.
The Benefits of Laparoscopic Surgery
• Quicker recovery times
• Minimal scarring
• Minimal discomfort
• Optimal outcomes
We caught up with Dr. Steven Jackson, Surgeon with BayCare Medical Group to find out more.
Q: What is the one thing you want patients to know about hernia repair?
A: If you have a hernia, don’t just assume you can leave it alone and you’ll be fine. There is a huge misconception out there that if it’s not really bothering you, you’re fine, don’t worry. But the truth is that hernias can be dangerous and can cause significant complications, even death if they need to be treated. Seeing a specialist to evaluate your hernia is a wise and critical decision. This is the case for both younger active people and older, less active individuals, as both are equally at risk for complications. Another issue that gets glossed over and misconstrued is that people assume that smaller hernias are less of a problem, when in fact, smaller hernias can cause the most severe impediments and complications.
Q: What are the advancements in mesh?
A: A lot of patients are leery of mesh because of the things they’ve heard or seen on TV about older mesh that is no longer used in medicine. The advancements in the mesh that is used today are that it’s a biological material that’s extremely lightweight yet durable. Because of its hydrophilic nature, it is perceived as natural to the body and over time, becomes naturally embedded and interwoven with the soft tissue.
Q: What about recovery? What can patients expect?
A: Because there are only a few small ports that are needed for laparoscopic hernia repair, recovery is quick and much less painful. Most patients can expect to be feeling quite well within a week or two. With open surgery, which is sometimes necessary for larger hernias, recovery is typically 4 to 6 weeks.
Steven M. Jackson, DO General Surgery
Dr. Steven Jackson is board certified in general surgery, with special interests that include minimally invasive surgery, upper and lower endoscopy, wound care, and medical missions. He has been certified in wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy and use of the daVinci® robotic surgery system. Dr. Jackson is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association and the American Osteopathic Association. He was a former member of the clinical faculty with the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine at Auburn University. Dr. Jackson is accepting new patients age 18 and older, and most major insurance plans are accepted.
To schedule an appointment, please call (727) 375-2849.
BayCare Medical Group North Bay Surgery
6633 Forest Ave. Suite 205
New Port Richey, FL 34653

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