Listen Up Ladies, This Elkhart Surgical Practice Has Hernias Covered!
Meet Sally. Sally lives in Elkhart with her partner, two kids, and a goldfish. She lives an active lifestyle and enjoys running and hiking with her family. As of late, however, Sally has discovered a protrusion in her abdomen. She wonders if it could be a hernia. But, where can she go to get precision diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan?
If Sally’s scenario sounds familiar, we can tell you exactly where women of all stages of life and types of lifestyles go for expert, patient-centered care to address hernias: General Vascular and Surgery (GVS) at our Elkhart Surgical Practice location.
What Kind of Doctor Repairs Hernias?
If you suspect you have a hernia, it’s important to consult with a general surgeon who is board-certified and has previous experience performing hernia repairs. At our GVS Elkhart Surgical Practice, our surgeons are highly qualified and trained in several types of hernia repair—from open to laparoscopic hernia surgery.
While open surgery is a more traditional type of approach used to repair the hernia and strengthen the abdominal wall (with or without surgical mesh), laparoscopic hernia repair involves the use of a tiny camera and instrumentation (with smaller incisions) to correct a hernia.
What Type of Hernia is More Common in Women?
Femoral hernias are more common in women than in men. These hernias result from tissue poking through a vulnerable area of the muscle in the thigh or groin. Although femoral hernias typically are not dangerous, they almost always need to be repaired surgically.
In the event a hernia becomes strangulated, meaning the bowel has been obstructed, then emergency surgery may be needed. It’s important, should you experience any of the following symptoms, that you seek medical help immediately (as a strangulated hernia can be potentially life-threatening):
- Increased heart rate
- Severe pain, tenderness, and redness around the hernia/bulge
Hernia Surgery Recovery Time
Hernia surgery recovery varies depending on the person, type of hernia, and severity. Often, laparoscopic and advanced-robotic surgery recovery can last anywhere from two to three weeks, open surgery recovery lasts closer to between three and six weeks.
Maximizing Your Recovery
At GVS, we pride ourselves on offering patient-centered care. Provided that you follow the explicit instructions provided by your surgeon, you can experience optimal and safe recovery. We offer plenty of educational materials here on our website and are always happy to direct you to more information to help you maximize your recovery.
Do you have another question you’d like to ask? Consult with our physicians now! Or, call us to learn more at 574-236-1888—it’s time!