Hernia Surgery in Los Angeles
What is hernia surgery?
Inguinal hernia surgery is an operation to repair a hernia in the groin region. A hernia is tissue that has slipped through a weak spot in the organ in which it resides (in this case the abdominal wall), causing pain and discomfort.
If you’re a Los Angeles resident who experiences increased pain when you exert yourself, chronic constipation or blood in your stool, we at Soma Weight Loss can help you.
Surgery is the only way to repair a hernia and Dr. Naim has performed this procedure thousands of times. Our patients experience relief from their hernia symptoms post-surgery and are able to return to their normal activities.
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How does hernia surgery work?
Hernia surgery can be performed using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery or open surgery, but during both procedures the protruding tissue is gently put back in place, after which the opening is stitched closed and the weakened abdominal wall strengthened with mesh.
During laparoscopic hernia surgery:
- Three to five tiny incisions are made in the abdomen
- A laparoscope is inserted through one of the incisions. This medical device is a thin fiber-optic tube with a camera at one end, allowing the surgeon to see inside your abdomen
- Harmless gas is pumped into your abdomen to inflate it and give the surgeon more room to work
- Tiny surgical tools are inserted through the other incisions and used to repair the hernia
- The tools are removed, and the incisions stitched up or closed with surgical tape
Laparoscopic hernia surgery usually takes around 30-45 minutes.
If you have a large hernia, your surgeon may recommend open hernia surgery. During open hernia surgery:
- An incision is made near the hernia
- Once located, the bulging tissue is removed or gently pushed back into the abdomen
- The weak spot in the abdominal wall is repaired with stitches and reinforced with mesh
- The incision is stitched closed with abdominal adhesive or dissolving sutures
Open hernia surgery usually takes about an hour and a half.
Both surgeries are commonly performed as outpatient procedures. Speak to Dr. Naim about which hernia surgery is the right option for you.
After hernia surgery
Hernia surgery recovery time varies depending on which type of procedure you elect, but it can range from two to 14 days after a laparoscopic procedure, to three to six weeks after open surgery.
During the healing process, it’s important to remember the following:
- Follow the wound care instructions provided upon discharge, and ask your surgeon if and for how long you need to keep your incisions dry
- Drink plenty of fluids and eat high fiber foods to prevent constipation and the resulting straining. Speak to your doctor about a mild laxative if necessary
- Avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting or physical activity that strains the abdomen, walking is fine
- Check with your surgeon before you get back behind the wheel. Driving may strain your incision
- Ease back into normal activities, for example, consider working a half-day when you return to work to see how you do
- Most importantly, listen to your body. Rest when you feel tired
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If you’re ready to take the next step to living a symptom-free life, or you’re worried about your hernia getting bigger and turning into a medical emergency, contact Soma Weight Loss today.
Our Los Angeles, Wilmington and Beverly Hills locations are open from Monday to Friday.
Dr. Naim is available to answer any questions that you have about the surgery, including hernia recovery time, possible complications and the cost of hernia surgery.
Soma Weight Loss is committed to helping you live a healthy and pain-free life.
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