More than a million people have hernia surgery every year. When performed by seasoned experts, hernia repair is a smooth and easy procedure — and that’s where Woodlands Hand To Shoulder Foot and Ankle Center comes in. To learn how hernia surgery can help you, schedule an appointment online or call any of the three offices in Shenandoah, Sugarland, and Humble, Texas, today.
A hernia occurs when part of an organ or a section of tissue pushes through the muscle or the connective tissue that usually retains it. Most hernias cause a bulge in your skin, which may recede at times.
There are many types of hernias, including:
Inguinal hernia, the most common type of hernia, is especially prevalent in men. It occurs when a section of your intestine or some fatty tissue pushes through the muscle in the inguinal canal in your inner groin area and causes a prominent bulge.
A hiatal hernia occurs when part of your stomach moves up, tunneling through a weak part of your diaphragm to push into your chest.
A femoral hernia happens in the same way as an inguinal hernia, but it bulges through the femoral canal in the outer groin. This type of hernia is far rarer than inguinal hernia and can have more serious complications.
Ventral hernias occur in the abdominal wall. The most common types of ventral hernia include umbilical hernia, which occurs near the navel in babies, and incisional hernia, which appears at the site of an old abdominal or pelvic scar.
There are also other hernia subtypes within each category.
Hernias aren't always a significant problem, and some don’t even cause symptoms. However, if your hernia causes severe discomfort, or if you're in danger of complications like tissue necrosis (death), the Woodlands Hand To Shoulder Foot and Ankle Center team may recommend hernia surgery.
The Woodlands Hand To Shoulder Foot and Ankle Center team performs minimally invasive hernia surgery in most cases. This type of surgery requires a couple of tiny incisions.
Your surgeon uses a lighted scope with a built-in camera to see the surgical area. Then, they use specialized surgical tools to repair your muscle or connective tissue damage, restore your organ or tissue to the right place, and, if necessary, place a reinforcing mesh over the hernia site to prevent a recurrence.
If you have a hernia, minimally invasive hernia surgery can stop your symptoms for good. Call Woodlands Hand To Shoulder Foot and Ankle Center or book an appointment online today to learn more about hernia surgery.