The Department of General Surgery at The Longstreet Clinic, P.C. specializes in complex and complicated hernia repair using laparoscopic and robotic techniques. Our surgeons are experts in treating and preventing hernias using minimally invasive methods, such as single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS). The Department of General Surgery serves the Gainesville and North Georgia area to provide specialized hernia care.
For treatment of inguinal hernias, which occur when a small portion of the bowel bulges out through the inguinal canal passage or through the abdominal wall into the groin, surgery often is the most effective option available.
Our highly trained and experienced surgeons are able to determine whether or not your hernia requires an operation, and if so, guide you through the process of selecting the appropriate type of surgery. Oftentimes most procedures are performed as an outpatient surgery and require minimal recovery time.
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Inguinal hernias fall into two distinct categories: direct and indirect. Direct hernias occur when a weak spot develops in the lower abdominal muscles. In many cases, the cause is not known, but excessive lifting, straining or coughing, obesity and pregnancy are thought to be partially responsible.
Indirect hernias, on the other hand, are more common and occur when the inguinal canal fails to close before birth. Despite their differences, the symptoms of both types of hernias are the same and include: a bulge in the groin or scrotum, discomfort, pain or a feeling of heaviness.
While some hernias do not require surgery, if you are experiencing any of these aforementioned symptoms, surgery most likely is needed. During surgery, the hernia sac is removed and a layer of synthetic mesh is used to strengthen the abdominal wall in order to prevent another hernia from forming.