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Hernia Repair

A hernia is a weakness of the inside layers of abdominal muscle, which creates a bulge or tear in the muscle. Similar to an inner tube that pushes through a damaged tire, the inner lining of the abdomen pushes through the weakened abdominal wall to form a small, balloon-like sac. A loop of intestine or abdominal tissue can push into the sac, which could potentially cause serious problems that require surgery. A hernia may be present since birth or may develop over time. A hernia will not go away by itself; the only way to repair a hernia is with surgery.
Hernia Repair
The common areas where hernias occur are in the groin (inguinal), belly button (umbilical) and the site of a previous operation (incisional). It is usually easy to recognize a hernia. You may notice a bulge under the skin. You may feel pain when you lift heavy objects, cough, strain during urination or bowel movements, or during prolonged standing or sitting. Severe, continuous pain, redness and tenderness are signs that the hernia may be entrapped or strangulated. These symptoms are cause for concern and contact your physician immediately if you experience them.

How NJBC Can Help

To repair a hernia, our surgical team uses a laparoscope (a tiny telescope) connected to a special camera to first view the hernia and surrounding tissue on a video screen.

Cannulas are then inserted that allows the surgeon to work inside the abdominal cavity to repair the hernia from behind the abdominal wall. A small piece of surgical mesh is then placed over the hernia area and held in place with small surgical staples. This laparoscopic approach offers a quicker return to work and normal activities with decreased pain for some patients.
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