If you have a groin or abdominal hernia, seeking the assistance of a hernia specialist is essential. Hernias do not go away on their own. Working with a qualified hernia surgeon will help you address and relieve pain and potential complications. Understanding the basics of the different types of hernias and hernia repair will help you manage these health conditions effectively.
Types of Hernias
Inguinal hernias are among the most commonly reported. However, several other types of hernias can affect the abdomen, groin, chest or areas around an incision or injury:
- Both inguinal and femoral hernias affect the groin and are often diagnosed when a lump or swelling is felt in this area. Inguinal hernias are more common than femoral hernias and are usually more easily diagnosed.
- Umbilical hernias occur when fatty tissue or part of the intestine pushes through the muscle wall of the stomach near the belly button.
- Hiatal hernias are most common among pregnant women. They are caused when part of the stomach moves upward into the diaphragm. These hernias can often cause heartburn and chest pain.
- Epigastric hernias are caused when fat moves out of its normal position into the area between the navel and the lower part of the chest.
- Incisional hernias occur after injuries or surgical procedures and involve the protrusion of tissues through the weakened muscle wall.
While acute symptoms may subside, your hernia will not go away on its own. Working with a hernia specialist is the best way to deal with these issues. Your hernia surgeon will help you to determine the appropriate response to your condition.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Hernia Repair
Traditional surgical techniques for repairing hernias typically involve open surgery. These procedures can cause scarring and may put patients at greater risk. Minimally invasive procedures, by contrast, allow for faster recovery and reduced scarring, which can be a better option for patients in our area. Working with a qualified hernia specialist is best to look at all your options and to start feeling better.
At Texas Hernia Specialist, Dr. Rick Q. Ngo offers minimally invasive surgical solutions for hernias and gallbladder issues. Our team is committed to the highest standards of excellence in the surgical field. Call our office today at 713-255-6363 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.