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It’s recommended to have any type of hernia eventually repaired, dependent on the patient’s health. However, if a hernia has minimal- to-no symptoms, the patient and his or her physician may choose to monitor the hernia first, allowing time to treat the underlying causes of the hernia while minimizing risk factors for surgery. (See the “Risk factors” section above for a list of modifiable risk factors that contribute to the formation of hernias.)
There are two steps in the treatment of hernias:
Quitting smoking, weight loss, regulation of diabetes, improving nutrition, eliminating active infections anywhere in the body, and treatment for medical conditions that cause chronic strain on the abdominal wall are important first steps when preparing for hernia surgery. Smoking, for example, can increase surgical complications by up to four times, leading to future relapse or infection. Due to this reason, smoking cessation is an important part of treatment for high-risk hernias.
Surgery is most often the best solution in treating a hernia. A hernia may be repaired with the use of sutures (stitches) or mesh. Mesh is used in a majority of surgeries as it provides an added layer of reinforcement to the weakened area where the hernia is located and can help decreases the rate of recurrence. To determine which method would provide the best outcome for your hernia type and individual risk factors, discuss surgical treatment methods with your surgeon.
There are 3 surgical options:
To determine the best surgical procedure that would provide the best outcome for you, the following is taken into consideration: the type of hernia, the size of the hernia, the complexity (first-time hernia or a recurrent), your risk factors involved, and your own personal goals for this surgery.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, surgery may help correct the problem and relieve your discomfort. Schedule a consultation now.
To ensure the best outcome, patients should:
Hernias will not go away on their own. Over time, they can increase in size or symptoms can worsen. In rare cases, emergent surgery may be required. It's best to be proactive and seek surgical advice early on. Elective surgery is often recommended.
Surgery is the standard of care for hernias. However, depending upon your risk factors, and after consulting with your surgeon, initial or permanent watchful waiting may be an alternative.
Prior to your first appointment, Mercy financial navigators will verify that your care is covered under the conditions of your insurance. If there are any issues, they will contact you.