Nearly half a million ventral hernia repairs are performed each year in the U.S. Many of the hernia repairs are performed through an open surgical approach, while some are performed laparoscopically. The idea of open surgery may intimidate some people. The laparoscopic approach is a minimally invasive alternative to treat ventral and inguinal hernias.
Dr. Trina Steljes is an expert transplant surgeon in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico with over 17 years of experience. Dr. Steljes and her medical team aim to help enhance your wellness and improve your quality of living. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment!
What are ventral and inguinal hernias?
A hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue gets pushed through an opening of where the muscle or tissue is held in place. An inguinal hernia is when the bladder or the intestine protrudes into the inguinal canal in the groin or into the abdomen. A ventral hernia occurs in the abdomen due to weakened muscles–sometimes where a past surgical incision may have been– resulting in a tear or bulge.
What are some advantages of laparoscopic ventral and inguinal hernia repair?
- Less post-surgical associated discomfort than with an open surgery
- Shorter recovery period than an open surgical procedure
- Quicker return of your normal diet than with an open surgical procedure
- Faster return to your normal activities than with an open surgery
- Decreased risk of infections contracted at the surgical site than with open surgery
What can I expect following laparoscopic hernia repair?
We strongly advise all patients to limit their activity once surgery has been completed. Dr. Steljes will help you determine the extent of your activities. Some patients may experience mild to moderate discomfort, but medication can be prescribed for alleviation. Generally, most patients will be able to return to their regular schedules in a short amount of time. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled within a few weeks of your procedural date.
Am I a good candidate for laparoscopic hernia repair?
If you have undergone abdominal surgery in the past, have certain medical conditions, or have had hernias in certain parts of the body, laparoscopic repair may not be the right procedure for you. In order to best determine if this minimally invasive approach may be right for you, contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment and meet with Dr. Steljes.
If you are concerned you may have a ventral or inguinal hernia, contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment so we may help you determine if laparoscopic hernia repair may be your best course of action.