Hernia Repair in Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Choosing your surgeon to treat a potential hernia is an important step in getting you back to your day to day activities. A hernia is when an internal organ (or other body part) protrudes through the inner wall of your muscle or tissue that normally contains it. Hernias most commonly occur within the torso, between the chest and hips.
Some of the common types of hernias Dr. D’Angelo treats are:
- Inguinal hernia: This is a hernia that affects the inguinal canal—a passageway for spermatic cord and blood vessels leading to the testicles in men, and the round ligament that gives support for the womb in women. When a patient is suffering from an inguinal hernia, intestine or fatty tissue pokes into the groin muscle near the top of the inner thigh. This type of hernia impacts men more often than women.
- Femoral hernia: Similar to the inguinal hernia, the femoral hernia often protrudes through the groin muscle at the top of the inner thigh. Though these are much less common than inguinal hernia, they most often affect older women.
- Umbilical hernia: An umbilical hernia occurs when fatty tissue or part of the intestine protrudes through the abdomen muscle near the belly button.
- Incisional hernia: After experiencing an abdominal or pelvic operation, it’s possible for tissue to push through the site of the scar, causing a hernia.
- Epigastric hernia: When fatty tissue pushes through the abdomen, between your belly button and your sternum, it’s called an epigastric hernia.
- Spigelian hernia: This type of hernia occurs when the intestine pushes through the side of the abdominal muscles, below the belly button.
Dr. Desiree D’Angelo is experienced, certified, and skilled at hernia repair. She will assess your particular type of hernia and determine the best plan moving forward. If that plan includes a surgical repair, Dr. D’Angelo will discuss the two surgery options she offers:
Open: Open hernia repair involves the surgeon creating an incision and identifying the hernia “sac,” which contains the bulging tissue. Next, the hernia is pushed back into the abdomen and hernia defect of the abdominal wall closed with stitches and/or synthetic mesh. Recovery is quite quick with this procedure, with most patients returning home a few hours after surgery, and feeling better within a few days. However, the patient shouldn’t resume strenuous activity, exercise, or lifting for at least six weeks after the surgery.
Laparoscopic: Laparoscopic surgery is one of the most minimally invasive hernia repairs available. The surgeon uses a laparoscope, which is a thin, telescope-like instrument that is inserted through a small incision in the patient’s abdominal wall or belly button (umbilicus). While this surgery is much less invasive than other options, it does require that the patient is under anesthesia. You will not feel any pain during this surgery, and you’re left with very small scars. However, the patient shouldn’t resume strenuous activity, exercise, or lifting for at least six weeks after the surgery.
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