Hernias affect 1.7% of the population in the United States, and the surgery to correct a hernia is one of the most common of all general surgeries in the country. At Southwest Valley Surgical Associates in Goodyear, Arizona, our surgeons have extensive experience in repairing all types of hernias using advanced surgical techniques, including robotic surgery, making the procedure as minimally invasive and precise as possible. To learn more about hernia repair, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.
A hernia occurs when an internal organ, usually in your abdomen, pushes or bulges through a weakened area of muscle or connective tissue. There are several types of hernias, including:
This type of hernia is far and away the most common and occurs primarily in men. Located in the groin, an inguinal hernia is when a part of your intestine or bladder pushes through your abdominal wall or inguinal canal into the scrotum.
If you’ve had abdominal surgery, an incisional hernia can develop at the site of the surgery. Here, again, this type of hernia involves your intestines pushing through your abdominal muscles.
This type of hernia is found mostly in newborn babies and women and occurs when the small intestine pushes through the abdominal wall near the belly button.
There are other types of hernias, but these represent the most common types of the condition.
There are many reasons why a hernia can develop, and most have to do with an increase in pressure against the abdominal wall, which is caused by:
Outside of umbilical hernias in newborns, most hernias don’t improve on their own, and can often worsen. While a hernia usually isn’t life-threatening, you do run the risk of cutting off blood supply to the organ that’s pushing through your abdominal wall. Hernias can also be very uncomfortable, making surgical repair a good option.
At Southwest Valley Surgical Associates, the doctors turn to innovative technology to repair your hernia, including:
With a laparoscopic procedure, your doctor makes only tiny incisions in your abdomen and threads a small camera through to have a look. Once the hernia is located, the doctor uses tiny instruments to push the protruding organ back through and place a mesh over the hernia to repair it.
Robotic surgery means that the small robotic arms perform the surgery. They’re directed by your surgeon who has a clear view of the area on a video monitor. That allows the doctor’s movements to translate through the robotic arms, which provide more precision in smaller areas.
To learn more about hernia repair, call Southwest Valley Surgical Associates, or use the online scheduler to book a consultation.