HERNIA SPECIALIST WITH A REPUTATION FOR SUCCESS WITHOUT MESH
If you have an inguinal hernia, recurrent inguinal hernia, femoral hernia, incisional hernia, sports hernia, suffer from mesh complications or have chronic pain following a hernia repair, contact our Advanced Hernia Center. The medical director has achieved remarkable success even in cases where other surgeons were unwilling or unable to undertake a complex hernia repair. Hundreds of patients from all over the United States have benefitted from the expertise of Dr. Chris. Updated Canadian Shouldice repair (non-mesh) and for select cases, the Modified Shouldice repair (special mesh). Advantages in most cases include:
- Sedation anesthesia-not general anesthesia
- 20-30 minute surgical procedure
- Surgical repair performed only by Dr. Chris-not trainees
- Resume all activities three days following the procedure
- Safest method compared to other more invasive techniques
Approximately 350,000-500,000 ventral hernia repairs are performed each year in the United States. Many are performed by the conventional “open” method. Some are performed laparoscopically. If your surgeon has recommended a laparoscopic repair, this brochure can help you understand what a hernia is and more about the treatment.
Who is a good candidate for a Laparoscopic ventral Hernia repair?
Do you have a protruding bulge under your skin? Do you feel pain in that area when you cough or lift heavy objects? Do you experience a sharp or dull pain throughout the day? If so, you may have a ventral hernia, and this may be the procedure for you to become pain free!
What is a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair?
Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair is a minimally invasive technique that uses small incisions (keyhole) and thin (chopstick) camera and instruments to fix tears or openings in the abdominal wall. The camera (laparoscopes – small telescopes inserted into the abdomen) and a patch (screen or mesh) to reinforce the abdominal wall.
How does the procedure work?
The surgeon makes three to five small cuts in your lower belly. Next, a medical device called a laparoscope is inserted through one of the cuts. The scope is a thin, lighted tube with a camera on the end which allows the surgeon see inside your belly. Your surgeon will make a surgical cut in your abdomen. Your surgeon will the locate the hernia and separate it from the surrounding tissue. Then your surgeon will gently push the contents of the intestine back into the abdomen. The surgeon will only cut the intestines if they have been damaged. Strong stitches will be used to repair the hole or weak spot caused by the hernia. Your surgeon may also lay a piece of mesh over the weak area to make it stronger. While the mesh may reduce the risk of the hernia coming back, it is optional. Please discuss the risks and benefits of using a mesh with your surgeon.