Our surgeons are experts in treating and preventing hernias using minimally invasive methods, including laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Longstreet Clinic 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. Many procedures are performed as an outpatient surgery and require minimal recovery time.
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. Longstreet Clinic surgeons have performed more than 3,000 laparoscopic inguinal hernia repairs.
Types of Hernia Repair
Depending on your personal preference, along with your surgeon’s recommendation, there are three different types of hernia surgeries available: open, laparoscopic and robotic.
Laparoscopic hernia repair involves making small incisions and using specialized tools to repair the hernia, while open surgery involves a larger incision in the abdomen. Although laparoscopic surgery is less invasive and often results in less pain and a faster recovery time, it is important that this surgery is done in the hands of an experienced laparoscopic surgeon.
Robotic laparoscopic approach is also available for hernia repair. Surgeons who have performed hernia surgery with the da Vinci System have seen have not only a decrease in hernia recurrence but also a decrease in post op pain. Another advantage is the elimination of post-op seroma, a frequent wound complication.
The robotic surgery system is a great option for complex recurrent hernias and hernias in obese patients. Da Vinci surgical suites feature the area’s most advanced technology – including a state-of-the-art HD video system that provides superb visualization during laparoscopic hernia surgical procedures.
Robotic hernia surgery is performed at Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Hernia Center of Excellence. Learn more.
But even with all this technology, they never forget what’s most important: personalized care.
Contact 770-536-2323 for more information or to schedule a consultation.