Hernia/Gallbladder/Colon

What Is a Hernia?

Hernia Treatment In Palm Beach County

A hernia is a condition in which an organ, usually part of the intestine, protrudes (or pushes) through a weak area of the abdominal wall. You may see a bulge under your skin, indicating you have a hernia. Common types of hernias include incisional hernias, inguinal hernias, hiatal hernias, ventral, and umbilical hernias. In the past, these surgeries required sizable incisions, extensive healing time, and were at a higher risk of recurrence. Through medical advancements, however, they can often be performed laparoscopically. Because laparoscopic procedures entail relatively small incisions, patients have smaller scars and heal more quickly than with open surgery—allowing a quicker return to daily activities. Depending on the patient’s presentation, our physicians can perform minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery for hernias.

Inguinal Hernia

An inguinal hernia presents itself in the groin area. A weakening in the abdominal wall can be present at birth or may be due to chronic coughing or constipation, pregnancy, exercise, and some medical conditions.

Some people may experience pain and/or a heavy sensation in the groin area if they have this type of hernia. What many people notice is a visible bulge or bump. This bulge may become more obvious when you bend over, cough, or strain and might go away when you lay down.

An inguinal hernia can become dangerous if the protruding tissues become trapped in the opening of the abdominal wall, cutting off blood flow. This is considered a medical emergency, and if it occurs, you should seek treatment immediately.

During an elective procedure, the surgeon will reduce the bulge and repair the defect using a piece of mesh.  Inguinal hernia surgery can be performed safely with an open or laparoscopic approach.

Signs And Symptoms Of Incisional/Ventral Hernias

A ventral hernia occurs in a weakened area of the abdominal wall, somewhere between the breastbone and the groin. An incisional hernia occurs at or near the incision from previous surgery. Any condition or activity that causes increased pressure on the abdominal area, such as heavy lifting or straining can weaken the abdominal wall. These types of hernias can be treated with open or minimally-invasive surgery. If the hernia becomes trapped, it may cut off blood flow to healthy tissues. This is a medical emergency, and if it occurs, you should seek treatment immediately.

Gallbladder Removal

The gallbladder is located under the liver and is used to store bile, produced by the liver to aid in the absorbtion of fat. Sometimes the gallbladder malfunctions and doesn’t work properly (biliary dyskinesia) or creates gallstones (cholelithiasis). The symptoms of gallbladder disease may include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, heartburn and/or back pain. Gallbladders are usually removed with minimally-invasive surgery. 

Colon

The colon is a long, coiled, tubelike organ that removes water from digested food. The remaining material, solid waste called stool, moves through the colon to the rectum and leaves the body through the anus.   Some disorders of the colon that can be treated with laparoscopic  minimally invasive surgery are: colon polyp (that could not be removed by colonoscopy), colon cancer and diverticulitis.  At Advanced Surgical Physicians we will work with your gastroenterologist to choose the best approach for diseases of the colon.

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