Inguinal and Umbilical Hernia Repair
Inguinal and umbilical hernia repair is a procedure to reposition displaced organs in the groin and belly button areas.
Inguinal and Umbilical Hernia Repair at Smith Medical
Inguinal and Umbilical Hernia Repair


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Inguinal and Umbilical Hernia Repair Procedure

Inguinal and umbilical hernia repair is a common surgical procedure that addresses the protrusion of abdominal contents through weakened muscle walls in the groin area (inguinal hernia) or around the belly button (umbilical hernia). The surgery involves returning the displaced organs to their proper position and repairing the weakened muscle wall using mesh or sutures to reinforce the area.

When is This Procedure Necessary?

Inguinal and umbilical hernia repair is medically necessary when the hernia becomes symptomatic, causing pain, discomfort, or other complications. Inguinal hernias occur when abdominal tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the inguinal canal, while umbilical hernias involve a protrusion near the navel. Surgery to repair may be recommended if the hernia becomes incarcerated or strangulated, cutting off blood supply to the affected tissue and potentially leading to serious complications such as bowel obstruction or necrosis. If the hernia enlarges over time or causes persistent symptoms that interfere with daily activities or quality of life, surgery may be necessary to prevent further complications.

What To Expect

Patients will be under local or general anesthesia to ensure their comfort throughout the procedure. The surgeon will use a laparoscopic approach or an open approach to access the hernias. The surgeon will use specialized tools to push the protruding tissue back into place and repair the weakened abdominal wall using mesh to reinforce the area. In a laparoscopic procedure, small incisions are made in the abdomen through which a camera and specialized surgical instruments are inserted. When the goal of the procedure has been achieved, the surgeon will close the incision and the patient will be monitored as they are removed from anesthesia.

Patients may experience discomfort and swelling after the surgical procedure, which is manageable through a course of anti-inflammatory pain medications. Gradually increasing physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet can aid in the healing process. Attending follow-up appointments with healthcare providers is important to monitor progress and ensure proper healing.

Inguinal and Umbilical Hernia Repair with Smith Medical

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