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Repairing a Hernia with Surgery

  • Hernia Repair Surgery – What to Expect


    Hernia surgeon, Dr. Michele Loor, covers what to expect before and during your hernia repair surgery. Patients will be informed of any pre-surgery requirements, such as fasting and pre-operative shower. You will have a chance to go over the details with your surgeon and meet the surgical team prior to your surgery. The length of your surgery will depend on the complexity but can range from 1 to 6 hours. There are two primary approaches to hernia surgery: open approach and minimally invasive. The latter option includes only a few small incisions, promoting less post-operative pain and shorter recovery.
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  • When to Repair a Hernia


    It can start as a bulge underneath the skin. “Basically, a hernia is a hole and we have to fix the hole. The hole won’t get fixed on its own,” explained Dr. Solomon Levy, a general surgeon with Lee Health.

    The most common hernias are inguinal or groin hernias, and umbilical hernias. “We do about a million hernia surgeries a year in this country, and about 70 to 80 percent of inguinal,” he said.

    Inguinal hernias are more common in men than in women. “Most of the patients who have an umbilical hernia is a hernia that’s been present since birth and they just get to feel it later on in life,” Dr. Levy said.

    If a patient has a hernia, they may experience a bulge and pain, but doctors say if the pain becomes excruciating, or if they notice a change in color, fever, or discoloration to the skin, it’s time to seek immediate medical care. “When the incarceration happens and there is blood flow compromise, that’s when we call the hernias strangulated and that’s an emergency,” he said.

    The only medical treatment for hernias is surgery. “We can fix hernias from the inside or from the outside. We can fix hernias open, we can fix hernias laparoscopically, or we can fix hernias robotically,” Dr. Levy said.

    Doctors can decide the best surgical approach after evaluating the patient and their medical history.

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    Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care.


  • Hernia Surgery: Complex Hernia Repair


    Complex hernias may require specialized abdominal wall reconstruction. This animation illustrates this complex hernia repair and how mesh is used to reinforce the abdominal area. Visit for more information.

  • Recovery from Abdominal Hernia Repair Often Takes Longer Than Patients Expect, Study Finds


    Think having a hernia repaired is going to be a walk in the park — or that you'll be ready to take a walk in the park within hours afterward? It may be time for a reality check, a Mayo Clinic study suggests. Researchers found that though patients tend to expect to return to normal activities swiftly after laparoscopic ventral hernia repair, many of those studied were still experiencing pain and fatigue several days later. People under 60 and women in particular seemed to have more prolonged recoveries. For more information, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network. Study Author Juliane Bingener-Casey provides some perspective.

  • Ventral Hernia Repair - 3D Medical Animation


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    “Amerra has helped us develop a foundation of educational pieces that allow our patients to truly understand the complications dealing with hernias, but more importantly how our institute can facilitate beneficial outcomes for them. Each piece is a wonderful tool that enables more efficient communication for all parties.” - David J. Dupree M.D., F.A.C.S.

    Dr. Dupree and his staff at The Hernia Institute of New Jersey will get you back to your daily life quickly, safely and as simply as possible. The Hernia Institute provides world class and innovative treatments for all types of hernias.

    Hernias are protrusions or a piece of bulging tissue or organ. Typically, you will notice a bulge underneath your skin. Hernias can develop from everyday activities such as persistent coughing, sneezing or heavy lifting. Dr. Dupree has years of experience in repairing hernias.

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  • Umbilical Hernia Symptoms and Surgical Repair, Dr. Hadley Wesson


    Hadley Wesson, M.D., Johns Hopkins general surgeon practicing at Howard County General Hospital, describes what an umbilical hernia is, and the symptoms and treatment options.

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  • Inguinal Hernia Symptoms and Surgical Repair, Dr. Hadley Wesson


    Hadley Wesson, M.D., Johns Hopkins general surgeon practicing at Howard County General Hospital, describes what an inguinal hernia is, and the symptoms and treatment options.

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  • 3 Ways to Treat a Hernia


    Only a small percentage of hernias — about .3% — are actually dangerous. However, hernias are commonly operated on when they become painful. The most common symptoms are pain or pressure in the area of the hernia.

  • Repairing a Hernia with Surgery


    This animated video explains what a hernia is, why it needs to be repaired and how a repair is done. Visit for more information.

  • Inguinal Hernia Repair


    An inguinal hernia occurs when tissue, such as part of the intestine, protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles.

  • What is the recovery time for hernia surgery?


    Recovery from hernia surgery depends on the type of hernia and the repairing technique used, says Matthew Couch, MD, in general surgery at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Learn more in this video.

  • Q&A - Hiatal Hernia Surgery


    James E. Harris Jr., M.D., Johns Hopkins general surgeon practicing at Howard County General Hospital, describes how a hiatal hernia surgical repair is performed, what the patient can expect after surgery and the possibility of recurrence.

  • Complications After Hernia Surgery


    Dr. Harris at California Hernia Specialists discusses what complications can occur after hernia surgery, as well as the incidence of those events and how they can be minimized.

  • What to Expect After Your Hernia Surgery?


    Dr. Michele Loor from Baylor College of Medicine covers what to expect after your hernia repair surgery. Following a hernia repair surgery, patients are recommended to avoid: heavy lifting, pushing or pulling movements, and any activities that cause pain at the surgery site. Walking and light exercise is encouraged. Recovery time varies based on the size and location of the hernia, though average recovery takes about 2 weeks. A larger hernia may require a hospital stay to manage pain and healing.
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  • Open Incisional Hernia Repair - Thomas Lawrence, MD


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    Incisional hernia represent a relevant individual and socioeconomic burden. The incidence after laparotomy is as high as 30%. Thus besides optimal hernia repair prophylactic measures such as correct suture closure of the incision after laparotomy and even pre-emptive mesh implant are discussed.

  • How long will it take me to recover from hernia surgery?


    Hernia surgery recovery has gotten faster over the years, says Keith Chisholm, MD, from Medical Center of Trinity. Learn about the procedure's history, and what recovery time is now, in this short clip.

  • Techniques of Inguinal Hernia Repair – Please participate in our 3-minute survey below!


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    Inguinal hernia is frequent and surgical treatment is often underestimated by surgeons. The high rate of possible adverse sequels of hernioplasty especially chronic pain and recurrence represent a relevant individual and socioeconomic burden and depend on surgical technique and experience of the surgeon. Indications for surgery and operative techniques are discussed.

  • Hernia Repairs using Laparoscopic Surgery - SLUCare General Surgery


    SLUCare General Surgeon Dr. Jason Keune talks about hernia repairs using Laparoscopic surgery and what is done to prevent recurrence. Dr. Keune also discusses typical recovery time from hernia repair surgery. More information online at

    To schedule an appointment with a SLUCare physician, please call (314) 977-4440.

    SLUCare Physician Group is a patient-centered network of more than 500 health care providers on staff at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. As part of an academic medical practice, SLUCare physicians are experts in their respective fields, providing specialty care for even the most complex medical conditions. SLUCare physicians practice in 47 different hospitals and clinics throughout the St. Louis region, making high-quality, advanced care convenient for you and your family.

  • Non-mesh Inguinal Hernia Repair Kang Repair


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  • Robotic Hernia Repair


    Dr. Donald Davenport specializes in robotic hernia repair surgery at Medical Center Hospital.

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  • Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery, Repair & Recovery - Max Hospital


    In this video, Dr. Satish Tyagi explains why laparoscopic hernia surgery & repair is far better than conventional hernia surgery. In laparoscopic hernia surgery, all the sides of a hernia can be inspected while in conventional surgery only one side of a hernia is inspected. Laparoscopic hernia repair is cost effective and the recovery time is maximum one week.

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  • Overview inguinal hernia repair


    This talk was presented at the 2018 SAGES Meeting/16th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery by Shawn T Tsuda during the The Great Video Debate: Perfect Inguinal Hernia Repair - Open vs Lap vs Robot on April 13 2018

  • Is General Anesthesia Required for Hernia Repair


    Dr. Edward Dvorak discusses the use of general anesthesia during hernia repair surgery.

  • Hernia Repair Surgery with Surgeon Dr. Robert Santaella


    Edie was exercising with a friend when she experienced intense pain which turned out to be a hernia. Watch General Surgeon Dr. Robert Santaella discuss what causes hernias, how they are repaired, and how he was able to get Edie back to a normal life.

  • Hernia Surgery Recovery / Gregory Schroder, MD, FACS


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  • Lets be honest: Pain after inguinal hernia repair


    This talk was presented at the 2018 SAGES Meeting/16th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery by Edward L Felix during the Groin Pain and Sports Hernia on April 13 2018

  • Post Hernia Repair Nerve Pain Complications


    Dr. Harris at California Hernia Specialists discusses the nerves which are involved with inguinal hernia repairs and what can be done to minimize nerve complications after surgery.

  • Hernia Repair - Open Surgery Simulation


    Hernia Repair - Open Surgery Simulation ( HeROSS ), is an e-learning simulation application simulation a full open repair of a direct hernia.

    The user uses a computer mouse to select tools and manipulate the anatomy. During the simulation the user will be given input and feedback. The simulation has two modes, an interactive mode ( demonstrated here ) and a non-interactive mode, in the interactive mode the user has full control of the tool selection and manipulation, in the non-interactive mode the user only controls when to move to the next task, the simulation then selects the appropriate tool and performs the task for the user.

  • What are the different techniques of Inguinal hernia surgery ?


    Dr. Reinhorn describes what an inguinal hernia is. He then explains the various ways that an inguinal hernia can be repaired as well as why he often recommends the fast recovery inguinal hernia surgery.

    Over 800,000 patients undergo inguinal hernia repair in the US every year. Recent data has demonstrated that there some repairs are better than others. Specifically, placing mesh under the abdominal muscles is better than between the muscle layers. Performing inguinal hernia surgery with local anesthesia with IV sedation is better than with general anesthesia. For some patients a “no mesh” on “non-mesh” inguinal hernia repair may be better. In this video Dr. Reinhorn explains the differences between the different types of repairs. Since 2002 Dr. Reinhorn has exclusively performed inguinal hernia surgery by placing a mesh under the muscles. Dr. Reinhorn initially performed this “posterior” repair under general anesthesia laparoscopically, and in 2004 switched to being able to perform this repair with local anesthesia and IV sedation using the fast recovery inguinal hernia repair.

    Dr. Reinhorn has been performing inguinal hernia surgery in the metropolitan Boston area since 2001 and has performed over 3000 hernia operations since then. Learn more at

  • Can surgery fix a hiatal hernia?


    Hiatus or hiatal hernias can be managed using medications and lifestyle measures, but if these don't work long-term surgery might be necessary to treat the hernia. How is it performed and what options are available? Leading surgeon Mr Ahmed R Ahmed explains.

    If you are considering hiatal hernia surgery, find out more here:

  • After 6 Failed Surgeries, Patient Finds Success with Robotic Hernia Repair


    Steve Johnson is an active outdoorsman. From his college days as an oarsman to his extensive biking commutes, Steve found himself always on the go until he was plagued by a series of reoccurring hernias, many of which were bilateral. Facing his seventh hernia repair, Steve was determined to make it his last one. He visited four surgeons before meeting and selecting Dr. Tony Canfield, Medical Director and Robotic Surgeon at the Center for Robotic Surgery at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s (P/SL), for his surgery. With six prior surgeries as his reference point, Steve was in awe of the recovery time. Just one day post surgery he was standing up straight and less than four weeks post surgery, he was back to biking 60+ miles. He is thankful to Dr. Canfield and the team at P/SL and optimistic this will be his last hernia repair.

    For more information on Dr. Tony Canfield of the Center for Robotic Surgery at Presbyterian/St. Luke's, please visit

  • Chronic Pain After Hernia Surgery


    Dr. Harris discusses what patients need to know about developing chronic pain after hernia surgery as well as what can be done to minimize that risk.

  • What can I expect after hernia surgery? How long is my recovery?


    Recovery from hernia surgery varies dramatically from one patient to the next. While one patient may have open hernia surgery and have little to no pain afterwards, another patient can have laparoscopic surgery and still develop moderate to severe pain. However, on average, most patients can expect the following overview of recovery after hernia surgery. Learn more by reading our webpage on hernia recovery:

  • Can a Hernia come back after Mesh Repair? - Dr. Sathish N


    A hernia can come back after a mesh repair if the procedure has been performed inappropriately or if the size of the mesh has been used at the time of surgery was inappropriate. The other common factor for a recurrence of a hernia is a the patient factor. Of the patient s do not follow a strict advise as per the operating surgeon and try to lift weights or resume other physical; activity at an earlier stage after the surgery, then the hernia is likely to come back otherwise there are instances where a patient has undergone an umbilical hernia repair and he comes back with a hernia in the groin region. Then most of them relate to that of an umbilical hernia, which is not so, because such patients have a tendency to develop hernia at other sites because of deficiency of protein C and S, there can be familial tendency or a work pattern of the patient can be in such a way that they are more prone for hernia, like the people in the gym, they do a lot of weight lifting, wherein they do not have any other option as their profession. Whereas if they have undergone an umbilical hernia repair, they are likely to develop a groin hernia repair and vice versa.

  • Hernia Repair and Soft Tissue Reconstruction


    Plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Jerrod Keith, MD, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, talks about hernia repair and soft tissue reconstruction. Excess skin and abdominal hernias often go hand-in-hand. While most of the work involved with hernia repair goes on with the deeper, muscular layers of the abdominal wall, it’s also very important to have healthy soft tissue coverage over the hernia repair. Both are important for proper healing and successful outcomes. With every hernia operation, the goal is for patients to have a smooth abdominal contour with healthy overlying soft tissue. There is nothing routine about hernia surgery and that is why UI Hospitals and Clinics have a dedicated team of surgeons from multiple specialties to ensure the best treatment and care is provided to patients.

  • Mabry’s Complex Hernia Repair


    Description: After surviving a horrific motorcycle crash and multiple lifesaving surgeries, Mabry Shokes was left with an abdominal hernia. Because of the complexity of the hernia, he was turned away by numerous surgeons. That is, until he met Vedra A. Augenstein, MD, one of Atrium Health’s pioneering hernia surgeons.

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  • MUSC Childrens Health: Hernia Surgery For Children- Frequently Asked Questions


    Dr. Robert Cina, Pediatric Surgeon at MUSC Children's Health discusses the common problem of hernia in children and answers frequently asked questions about surgery. The procedure that is most commonly performed is a minimally invasive procedure, and children can go home the same day with only small incisions.

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  • Dr Chris Unscripted: No Mesh Hernia Repair. Center of Excellence for Hernia Repair


    Dr Chris discusses the risks of mesh use and the benefits of no Mesh Hernia repair for inguinal and ventral hernias

  • Why Laparoscopic surgery is better than Open Hernia Surgery? - Dr. Nanda Rajaneesh


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    Laparoscopic surgery is better than open hernia surgery for two reasons basically one reason is that you don’t make any surgical cut. So all benefits of Laparoscopic surgery like minimal invasion and minimal dissection and minimal handling of the tissues and minimum cut and maximum mobility and quick mobility.These are the reasons for laparoscopic surgical advantages. But another big advantage of Laparoscopic surgeries is that they repair that we do laparoscopically along with the anatomic repair, we also do a mesh placement intraabdominally. So in open surgery the mesh is placed only. Whereas in laparoscopic surgery, the mesh is placed in, that is the mesh is placed inside the abdominal wall. So it is a special mesh that goes there and does not touch the bowel content or does not cause adhesions with the bowel contents in the abdomen. In open surgery the mesh is placed outside, patient needs to have a drain mostly for 3 to 4 days and immobilization for 3 to 4 days and patient needs to stay in the hospital for 2 to 3 days and there are lot of disadvantages in open surgery. So if laparoscopic surgery can be done is always better than open surgery for hernias.

  • My Inguinal Hernia Repair Surgery and Recovery


    I had an inguinal hernia repair surgery on December 13th, 2012, and recorded this video throughout the procedure and during my recovery period. The hernia was in my groin area on the right side and was causing discomfort, especially when I was standing still for extended periods. The problem was that you aren't supposed to lift more than 10 pounds for 4 weeks after the surgery, and I travel regularly as part of my career. I first noticed the hernia in August but had to wait until December because I had a busy travel schedule during the fall season. If I didn't do the operation during this window, I would have to wait until a year later in December 2013. So I decided to get it done.

    The doctor described a number of risk factors associated with hernia surgery, including extensive bruising and possible chronic pain. They insert a mesh screen where the hernia is located and the chronic pain can sometimes result from the body not accepting that mesh. In those cases, although rare, the only final solution is to remove the mesh screen, which of course results in the same hernia you started with. Anyway, I know a lot of people who have had hernia repair surgeries and none of them have experienced any problems as a result.

    This video has clips from before the surgery, immediately following the surgery and during the three days following the surgery. I hope it provides some guidance for others who might be preparing for similar procedures themselves. I also hope those who watch this video will share their own thoughts and experiences in the comment section below. Thank you for watching and for reading this extended description as well!

  • Inguinal Hernia Surgery Fast Recovery Tips & What To Expect


    Everything you have wanted to know about Inguinal hernias from my experience and research.

    There is definitely not enough content on Inguinal Hernias, which is wild considering 1/4 adult males will experience a hernia.

    In this video I cover the following:
    1) What is an Inguinal hernia?
    2) Does it hurt?
    3) Do Inguinal hernia's go away on their own?
    4) Tips to recover FAST from a Inguinal hernia

    Inguinal Hernia Surgery Fast Recovery Tips & What To Expect

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  • FAQ: How Much Does Hernia Surgery Cost? by California Hernia Specialists


    Dr. Todd Harris from California Hernia Specialists answers a frequently asked question: how much does hernia surgery cost? This short video explains the 3 separate fees that go into the final cost for hernia surgery, and how much hernia surgery costs at California Hernia Specialists.

  • Robotic Hernia Repair - United Regional - Wichita Falls, Texas


    If you and your surgeon decide that robotic-assisted hernia surgery is right for you, your surgeon will use a 3D high-definition camera for a crystal-clear and magnified view of your hernia.

    Your surgeon will sit at a console next to you and operate through a few small incisions using tiny instruments, including a camera. Your surgeon fully controls all instruments. Every hand movement is translated by the da Vinci® System in real-time to bend and rotate the instruments for a precise repair of your hernia.

    Hernia surgery used to be painful and often resulted in a slow, difficult recovery. But, not anymore.

    Thanks to innovations in robotic technology, surgeons are able to perform hernia repair surgery through tiny incisions rather than the large incisions associated with traditional open surgery. The result is less damage to surrounding tissues, less pain for the patient and a much quicker recovery—often within days.

    Robotic surgery techniques have been used for years to provide advanced treatment for cancer as well as urologic and gynecologic conditions. Now, general surgeons apply the same technology to other types of procedures, including hernia repair.

    Robotic surgery is used to treat all types of hernias, including:

    Inguinal and femoral (inner and outer groin)
    Umbilical (belly button)
    Incisional (previous surgery sites)
    Hiatal (reflux/GERD/upper stomach)
    Why is robotic hernia surgery a better option?

    Robotic surgery provides a number of advantages over traditional open surgery and standard laparoscopic procedures. While open surgery offers a full view of the abdomen and the ability to work freely inside the affected area, it requires a large incision through muscle and tissue. This type of incision can be more painful and take longer to heal.

    Laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery uses small incisions, but the instruments and surgeon’s visibility are limited. The robotic surgery system, which is controlled by the surgeon at all times, uses tiny instruments and 3-D cameras to precisely repair the affected area.

    The advantages of robotic surgery include:

    A small incision. An incision that is the about the size of a pencil eraser reduces scarring, recovery time, blood loss and risk of infection.
    Better visibility. Using a high definition, 3-D camera provides the surgeon with better visibility than laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery.
    Increased precision. The wristed robotic arms have a greater range of motion than a human hand. This allows the surgeon to maneuver instruments in ways that deliver the best surgical results.
    How patients benefit from robotic hernia surgery

    Because of robotic technology, many patients experience significantly less pain after surgery and return to normal activity much more quickly.

    Robotic hernia surgery can benefit almost anyone. This includes first-time hernia repair patients and people who need hernia revision surgery. It’s appropriate for the most common to the most complex hernia procedures.

  • Shouldice - No Mesh Inguinal Hernia Surgery


    Dr Reinhorn describes why a no mesh or non-mesh inguinal hernia repair may be a great option for some people. As quality and outcomes data become available, it is starting to become clear that the Shouldice non-mesh inguinla hernia repair is the best repair option for patients seeking non-mesh hernia repair. In some patients this may be the perfered surgical treatment option. Dr. Reinhorn has been performing minimally invasive surgery for inguinal hernia since 2001. Since 2015, Dr. Reinhorn has been offering the Shouldice No Mesh Inguinal hernia repair. To get in touch with Dr. Reinhorn and learn more visit us at

  • Complex Abdominal Hernia Repair – Component Separation


    General surgeon, Luis Garcia, MD, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, treats patients with abdominal hernias and restores the function of the abdominal wall. When a hernia is large or more complex he uses an advanced treatment technique called component separation to restore the function of the abdominal muscles. There is nothing routine about hernia surgery and that is why UI Hospitals and Clinics have a dedicated team of surgeons from multiple specialties to ensure the best treatment and care is provided to patients.

  • Can hernias go away without surgery?


    Can hernias really go away on their own? Learn the truth from general surgeon Dr. Marc Fernandez.

  • Patient Experience - Fast Recovery Inguinal Hernia Surgery


    A patient of ours explains in his own words the differences with and benefits of the fast recovery inguinal hernia repair.

    Dr. Reinhorn has performed this minimally invasive inguinal hernia surgery since 2002, allowing people to get all the benefits of laparoscopic and open surgery, without the down sides. By using local anesthesia and sedation to place a mesh behind the abdominal wall, Dr. Reinhorn is able to achieve the same outcomes as laparoscopic or Robotic techniques without general anesthesia. Hernia surgery recovery is enhanced by this technique, minimizing pain and down time.

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