A hernia is a weakness in the abdominal wall that allows abdominal contents or fatty tissue to bulge out. This may result in discomfort or a noticable bump. Occassionally, intestines can be affected in such a way that intestinal obstruction occurs.
These hernias can occur in the groin and are called “inguinal hernias.” Or the hernia could occur at the site of a previous surgical incision, and these are referred to as “incisional hernias.” Occasionally, hernias will occur in other locations.
Hernias are more difficult to repair in obese patients due to the pressure on the inside of the abdomen being elevated and pushing on the repair, preventing proper healing.
Losing a significant amount of weight, such as with weight-loss surgery, is probably the most important thing a patient can do to increase the chances for successful hernia repair.
Many times hernias are repaired with a mesh being placed on the underside of the muscle. This is usually done laparoscopically. Occasionally, the layers of the muscle wall need to be separated to repair the hernia, and this is called “component separation” technique.
Dr. Turton and Dr. Allen have the experience and expertise to repair your hernia.