Hernia Surgery in Los Angeles
Hernia surgery has come a long way since the days of a one-size-fits-all procedure. While traditional methods are still valid, medical advances have expanded the options available to patients. New surgical technology means less invasive techniques, faster recovery times, and less chance of recurrence. At the Surgery Group of LA, we offer cutting-edge treatment for all types of hernia.
Organs are held in place by muscles and other connective tissue. When an organ pushes through this protective barrier, it’s called a hernia. Often, this occurs when the supportive structure becomes weakened and can no longer do its job. The majority of hernias appear in the abdominal area, either the belly or the groin, although they occasionally crop up in other locations such as the upper thigh or diaphragm.
How Serious Are Hernias?
Most hernias are nonemergent medical conditions. Although they never disappear on their own, they do not always cause serious problems. Minor, painless bulges may not need immediate treatment, so long as they do not worsen over time.
That being said, some complications can be dangerous. When the intestines get trapped inside a hernia, it’s called strangulation, and it could lead to loss of blood supply to the area. To prevent the possibility of strangulation, doctors recommend hernia surgery for most patients. The question usually isn’t if a patient needs surgery, but when. Some can wait. Others can’t.
Dr. Joshua Ellenhorn, Clinical Professor of Surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, General surgeon and Surgical Oncologist at the Surgery Group of Los Angeles, walks you through the different types of Hernias and their symptoms. Watch this video to learn more!
Types of Hernia
Hernias have different names, depending on where they appear and what causes them. Common types include:
- Inguinal hernia: The most common type of hernia, it occurs in the groin area.
- Umbilical hernia: When the intestines push through the belly button.
- Femoral hernia: Often confused with an inguinal hernia, it affects the upper thigh, near the groin.
- Epigastric hernia: Appears between the belly button and the sternum.
- Incisional hernia: Occurs as a result of abdominal surgery.
- Hiatal hernia: When the stomach pushes through the diaphragm.
Symptoms of Hernias
The primary symptom of a hernia is a soft bulge or protuberance somewhere around the abdomen. A bump in the groin or scrotum area, around the pubic bone, is a common sign of an inguinal hernia. The lump sometimes goes away when pushed or when the person lies down. If it doesn’t, the case may be more serious and may require immediate surgery.
People may experience pain or discomfort in the affected area, particularly when lifting, bending, or coughing. Hernia pain is somewhat common but not universal; often a bulge appears without any unwanted sensations. Signs of strangulation include nausea, vomiting, and the sudden onset of pain. Anyone who feels these symptoms should call a doctor and discuss their options.
Surgery is the only option for removing a hernia. Fortunately, they are relatively easy to repair. In general, patients have two options:
- Open tension surgery
- Laparoscopic mesh surgery
If a patient opts for traditional open surgery, a Los Angeles hernia surgeon will make a 3-6” incision in the abdomen and then sew the edges of the surrounding tissue together before closing the incision. Open surgery may be the only effective treatment for larger hernias. Laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery, a newer method, is less invasive, requiring only tiny incisions and smaller instruments. Instead of sewing the tissue together, the inguinal hernia doctor will reinforce the weak tissue with a mesh insert.
Dr. Joshua Ellenhorn and Dr. Jason Cohen of The Surgery Group of Los Angeles are leaders in the field of robotic laparoscopic surgery. Using a highly advanced and very precise technology, a robotic hernia repair is a minimally invasive procedure that results in smaller incisions, reduced pain, shorter hospital stay, and more rapid recovery than alternative approaches.
Hernia Surgeon in Los Angeles
If you’re seeking laparoscopic hernia repair, call The Surgery Group of LA to schedule a consultation. Our experienced doctors will listen to you and evaluate your condition. They’ll then make an individual recommendation based on your particular circumstances. Equipped with all the necessary information, you can make an informed decision and choose the proper procedure for your situation.