Hernia Surgery New Jersey
Hernias are a very common condition around the world, and hernia repairs represent the most commonly performed general surgery procedure of all. It is estimated that almost 1 million hernia surgeries are performed every year in the United States alone, 800,000 of which are inguinal hernias.
A hernia is the general term for the protrusion of an internal organ through a muscle wall as a result of the weakening of its retaining barrier, called the fascia. As the organ pushes through this barrier, patients may experience anything from mild discomfort to significant pain. Hernias are unpredictable however because a severe hernia may present only minor pain and vice versa. That is why patients who suspect a hernia should visit their physician as soon as possible.
There are several different forms that hernias take including: inguinal (groin) hernias, femoral (lower groin / upper thigh) hernias, umbilical hernias and incisional hernias.
There are a few surgical treatment options available to patients suffering from hernias. Until about 25 years ago, the only options to repair a hernia was an open tension repair. Essentially, the healthy tissue on either side of the hernia is sutured together to close the gap. This method had both high complication and recurrence rates. More recently however, newer techniques have given patients additional options with fewer problems.
It is important to note that the sooner your physician identifies and treats the hernia, the greater the options available and the greater the chance of a successful procedure. The biggest concern of waiting too long to treat a hernia is the progression of the hernia to a larger and more complex repair. This increases the chances of a complication after surgery. Further, there exists the possibility of strangulation. This means that the opening through which the organ has passed tightens, effectively pinching the organ, reducing blood flow and causing an emergency situation. A strangulated hernia requires immediate surgery, which is often less successful than a planned surgical procedure.
It is important to note that hernias are a progressive condition meaning that they will not improve or disappear on their own. Hernias can progress slowly or quickly; however they will not improve without surgical intervention. Surgeons at Advanced Surgical Associates are experts in the field of both minimally invasive and open surgery for hernias. Please contact us for more information on hernia repair and best treatment options for your particular situation.