Recurrent Hernia

Recurrent Hernia
Hernias occur when the abdominal tissues or organs push through a weak spot in the abdominal wall. Most hernias are repaired surgically. In rare cases, a hernia could return even after surgical repair. At Nova Bariatrics & General Surgery, Dr. Alibhai and his professional team provide different treatment options for recurrent hernias in Arlington, Irving, and Paris. We will evaluate the underlying cause of hernia and address it with effective measures to prevent its recurrence.

Causes

A recurrent hernia may occur due to various causes, including a surgical error during hernia repair, incomplete healing, or weak sutures. If you have undergone a hernia repair surgery but the surgical wound did not heal properly, it can lead to the risk of a recurrent hernia. 

Recurrent hernia can also happen due to other medical conditions or activities that may weaken your abdominal muscles after the initial surgery. Common factors include:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Medications that weaken the immune system
  • Heavy weight lifting or strenuous physical activities
  • Chronic coughing
  • Straining during bowel movements

Diagnosis

Our surgeon will record your medical history and may ask questions about the symptoms you have been experiencing recently. If you had any previous abdominal surgery, mention it during your consultation. Our surgeon will then carefully examine the surgical site. You will be asked to stand and cough so that a lump or bulge through your abdominal wall can be detected. 

We may also ask for a few imaging tests to achieve a proper diagnosis of recurrent hernia. These may include ultrasounds, CT scans, and MRI scans. With these imaging tests, we can also identify the size and exact location of the hernia to finalize a treatment plan.

Treatment Options for Recurrent Hernias

The treatment of recurrent hernia depends on the severity of your symptoms. If the hernia is mild and does not cause pain or other issues, we may recommend conservative measures to prevent further complications. 

If the hernia causes excessive pain or discomfort and disrupts your routine activities, we will recommend surgical options. Depending on the size of the hernia and its location, our surgeon will decide the most effective technique for your condition. 

Recurrent hernias can be repaired through open or laparoscopic surgery. In an open surgery, we will make an incision over the hernia site and push the bulging tissues back into the abdomen. We will close the incision with sutures or a synthetic mesh. 

Laparoscopic hernia repair is less invasive as it involves smaller incisions. Through the incisions, we will insert a tiny camera (laparoscope) and special surgical instruments to repair the weak spot in the abdominal wall. This procedure takes less time than conventional surgery.

Schedule an Appointment with Us

If you want to consult with our experienced surgeons regarding treatment options for recurrent hernia, visit our practice today or call us to schedule an appointment.
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