3 ways to Treat a Hernia
A hernia is a condition where an internal organ in the mid stomach area or groin protrudes through a weak area of muscle. Many hernias are in the lower abdomen and are especially common among men. In fact health statistics show that hernia is a condition which will affect 25 percent of men in their lifetimes.
A hernia can have a myriad of causes. We have congenital hernia which affects the groins of the patient and which happens in men and women. Prior surgery can be a case for the development of incisional hernias among patients. One of the most common types of hernia include the umbilical hernias, or hernias of the belly button which are known as “outies”.
Only a smaller portion of the hernias affecting patients, upto 3% are actually dangerous. However, hernias are operated when they become painful. The most common symptoms of hernia include pain and pressure in the area of the hernia.
The procedure to fix hernia are the most common procedures performed in hospital and include laparoscopic or by an open procedure, where the doctor repairs the hernia wall through the abdominal wall of the body. Surgeons also have the option to consider robotic or computer-assisted surgery for repairing hernia affected patients.
Computer-Assisted Technology allows:
- Wristed instrumentation
- 3D stabilized magnified view
- Autonomous control for surgeon of three instruments and a camera
- More ergonomic for surgeon
An open surgical technique is when a larger incision is made. This results in good muscle closure, but a higher incidence of infection.
A laparoscopic technique uses a small incision into which the laparoscope is inserted. The instrument is inserted through other small incisions it the lower abdomen to repair the hernia. Then a mesh is placed over the affected part to strengthen the abdomen wall. This technique has smaller incidents of infection, but the muscle has a harder time closing the hernia defect.