How Is a Hernia Treated?
If you develop a hernia, it’s important to understand treatment options that are available to you. Surgeon Michael Mahoney, DO, with LVPG Surgery in Hazleton, says that knowledge will help you feel more comfortable discussing what’s next in your hernia care with your health care provider.
Factors to discuss with your doctor
A care plan – developed with your input – will take into consideration several factors:
- Your age, overall health and past health history
- How serious your case is
- How well you handle some medicines, treatments or therapies
- If your condition is expected to get worse
- What you would like to do
Surgical options to understand
Surgery is the only treatment that can repair hernias. To make that repair, there are two common surgical options:
- Laparoscopic: Your surgeon makes a few small cuts (incisions) in your lower belly. He or she inserts a thin tube (laparoscope) into one of the cuts. The tube has a tiny video camera in it that is attached to a screen. This lets your health care provider see inside your belly. He or she then uses long, thin tools in the other small incisions to repair the hernia with mesh.
- Open repair: Your surgeon makes an incision near the hernia and repairs the weak muscle area. Sometimes your surgeon may strengthen the affected area with mesh. Open repair that uses sutures without mesh is called a primary closure.
What happens after surgery?
“Recovery time depends on the type of hernia, the surgical approach, and your condition before and after surgery,” Mahoney says. Surgical mesh is often recommended to reduce the risk for recurrence, but there are situations where using surgical mesh may not be recommended. Talk with your physician to determine your best option for hernia repair.
If you’re interested in learning more, join us for a free hernia screening and information session in the Lehigh Valley, Pocono or Hazleton area visit LVHN.org/herniascreening.