A hernia is a weakness or defect in the abdominal wall. It may be present from birth or it can develop over a period of time. If the hernia is large enough, abdominal contents such as the bowels can push through the defect causing a lump or bulge you can feel.
Hernias develop at certain sites which have a natural tendency to be weak: the groin, umbilicus (belly button), and previous surgical incisions. Dr. Rincon can repair any of these types of hernias.
Hernias don’t always cause pain, and when they do, the pain may come and go with activity. The following signs suggest you have a hernia:
Once a hernia has developed, it tends to enlarge and cause discomfort. If a loop of bowel gets caught in the hernia, it may become obstructed or its blood supply may be cut off. This could become a life-threatening situation with symptoms such as excruciating abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite.
Since hernias can be repaired effectively and with minimal risk, Dr. Rincon recommends that hernias be repaired as soon as a diagnosis is made, unless there’s a serious medical problem that makes it too risky.
The traditional method of hernia repair surgery involves making an incision in the abdominal wall. Dr. Rincon cuts through normal, healthy tissues until he finds the area of weakness. He repairs the affected area with sutures. He then replaces the surrounding tissue and sutures the wound back together.
Newer hernia repair surgery involves minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques, which are especially good for patients who deal with recurrent hernias or bilateral inguinal hernias.
If you would like to know more about hernia treatment and hernia surgery, call the office of Rincon Surgery or use the online booking tool to make an appointment with Dr. Rincon.