A small hernia may not cause any problems, but hernias get worse over time and may lead to serious complications. Abel Bello, MD, and the doctors at MIB Surgery are the skilled surgeons you need when it’s time to treat your hernia. They specialize in minimally invasive surgery, including robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci® surgical system. When you need treatment for a painful hernia, call the office in Plantation, Florida, or schedule an appointment online.
Hernia Q & A
What causes a hernia?
Hernias form when tissues or organs inside your abdomen protrude through a weak spot or tear in an abdominal muscle. The team at MIB Surgery frequently repairs several types of hernias, including:
- Inguinal hernia (occurs in the inner groin area)
- Femoral hernia (occurs in the outer groin area)
- Umbilical hernia (occurs at your belly button)
- Ventral hernia (occurs in the abdominal wall)
- Incisional hernia (occurs along a healed surgical incision)
Another type of hernia, called a hiatal hernia, is different because it forms inside your abdomen.
What should I know about hiatal hernias?
Most hernias cause a noticeable lump where the hernia pushes through the abdominal wall. As the hernia gets larger, it can become painful, especially when your activities put pressure on the hernia.
Hiatal hernias cause different symptoms. You won’t notice a lump; instead, you’ll develop indigestion, heartburn, and pain in your upper chest.
All types of hernias can get twisted or trapped in the muscle, a problem that’s further complicated if the hernia becomes strangulated and the blood flow is blocked. A strangulated hernia is a medical emergency that causes acute symptoms, such as sudden, extreme pain.
How is a hernia treated?
Hernias don’t get better on their own; they only enlarge over time. The only treatment for a hernia is surgery to put the abdominal contents back in their normal position and repair the muscle, reinforcing the abdominal wall with a small piece of surgical mesh.
The doctors at MIB Surgery specialize in minimally invasive hernia repair using a few small incisions. Small incisions cause less trauma than open surgery, so you’ll have less post-op pain and a faster recovery.
Whether they perform a manual laparoscopy or robotic-assisted laparoscopy using the da Vinci surgical system, all the surgical tools are contained in long, narrow tubes that fit through the tiny incisions.
The laparoscope contains lighting and a small video camera that sends magnified images of the surgical area to a TV screen. Your surgeon controls the surgical instruments and repairs your hernia while viewing the screen.
If you need hernia treatment, call MIB Surgery to schedule an appointment today.