All About Hernias

Hernias: A Common Ailment

herniasAccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, some five million Americans have a hernia. Yet, only about 750,000 Americans seek treatment each year.The balance do not because they perceive surgery, the only way to treat a hernia, to be an inconvenience to their daily lifestyle and those around them. Others perceive surgery to be a major invasive procedure that requires an extended hospital stay, followed by a long and painful period of recovery.

Fortunately for patients and their physicians, there are a variety of safe, simple and quick surgical procedures that can eliminate these worries in some patients and have them back to their daily activities in very little time. Hernia repairs are common, and routine surgical procedures, tools and technologies have evolved accordingly.

These days, many hernia repairs are typically performed:

  • in an outpatient setting at a hospital or at an ambulatory surgery center
  • using local or epidural anesthesia instead of general anesthesia
  • through one small incision
  • within 45 minutes
  • without the need for pain medication
  • with patients going home a few hours after surgery
  • with patients returning to normal activities within a few days

Discover the Facts

A hernia can be uncomfortable, unsightly, painful and even cause life threatening complications. Don't let a hernia restrict you and keep you from the activities you enjoy. Take a few minutes here and learn more about hernias and their treatment. Then, be sure to see your physician for an evaluation to help safeguard your health and comfort.

Hundreds of thousands of hernia repair operations are performed each year both with and without surgical mesh, and patients generally recover quickly and do well after surgery. However, all surgical procedures are associated with some risk. Speak to your surgeon prior to surgery about possible risks and complications. Some of the possible complications include adverse reactions to the mesh, adhesions (bands of scar-like tissue) and injuries to nearby organs, nerves or blood vessels. Other complications of hernia repair can occur with or without the mesh, including infection, chronic pain and hernia recurrence.

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