Hernia Surgery Guidance From Michiana Area Surgeons

Each year, upwards of one million hernia repairs are performed in the U.S. There are several types of hernias, most of which require hernia surgery. When residents from Elkhart, Mishawaka, and South Bend need a reputable, trustworthy, and skilled surgeon to perform a hernia repair, they turn to General and Vascular Surgery. 

The General Surgery team at GVS performs 4,000-plus hernia surgeries annually. Additionally, GVS surgeons have received the highest rating as Premium Provider from United Healthcare for quality care and cost. When it comes to quality, compassionate care, GVS is here!

How Do You Know If You Need Hernia Surgery?

When an organ, fatty tissue, or even the intestine pushes through a vulnerable area of the muscle, the result is a hernia. Hernias are often the result of any activity that places extensive pressure on the abdomen: heavy lifting, obesity, and excessive, and chronic coughing are a few examples. There are several types of hernias, which include:

  • Femoral

A hernia that develops in the inner groin.

  • Hiatal

When a hernia occurs inside the abdomen by the diaphragm, it’s referred to as a hiatal hernia. 

  • Incisional 

The less common incisional hernia, accounting for 15% to 20% of hernias, occurs at the site of a surgical scar.

  • Inguinal

Inguinal hernias are quite common, developing in the inner groin—on either side of the pubic bone. 

  • Umbilical

Refers to a hernia in the belly button area.

  • Ventral

A hernia in the ventral wall or general abdominal area is referred to as a ventral hernia. 

Many patients don’t know what type of hernia they have or whether it requires surgical repair. The best way to know for sure is to schedule a consultation with an experienced hernia surgeon. 

The Most Common Types of Hernia Surgery

If your surgeon suggests hernia surgery as a preferred method of hernia repair, one of the following procedures may be recommended:

  • Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery

A surgeon utilizes a laparoscope (a tiny telescope) for ultimate precision during surgical repair of a hernia. Only small incisions are required for laparoscopic hernia surgery. Generally, patients need a week or so to recover before they can resume normal activity. 

  • Advanced Robotic Hernia Repair

Surgeons utilize robotic-assisted technology to perform hernia surgery. This innovative surgical technique, often yields fewer hernia surgery complications, less hernia surgery recovery time, and smaller incision sites. 

  • Open Hernia Repair

Open repair refers to a hernia surgery in which an incision is made to repair the area of weakened muscle(s). 

Some hernia surgeries may include the use of surgical mesh to help strengthen the hernia repair and prevent the future development of hernias. No matter what type of hernia surgery your surgeon recommends, it’s important to follow your doctor’s hernia surgery recovery tips —like getting plenty of rest and not rushing into activity too soon. 

If you suspect you may have a hernia and would like to set up a consultation, you can call us at 574-236-1888 for more information.

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