Hernia surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States. More than 1 million hernia repairs are performed each year.
A hernia is a medical condition where a defect or hole occurs in the abdominal wall. Typically the condition causes a bulge on the abdominal wall which is usually associated with some discomfort. There are several types of hernia based upon the location. The most common type of hernia is called an Inguinal Hernia which occurs in the groin region, particularly in men. Other types of hernias include umbilical, ventral, femoral, and incisional hernia. Incisional hernia's can occur following any abdominal surgery. Certain conditions can lead to an increased risk of developing a hernia. Such conditions including obesity, chronic constipation, chronic coughs, or work related heavy lifting can all increase the risk of developing a hernia.
Hernia surgery can be performed via open or minimally invasive approach. Minimally invasive approach can be performed using the laparoscope or the da Vinci Robot. There ares pros and cons of each approach, and each hernia repair will need to be tailored to the patient to achieve the best result.
We have the most experience on the Eastern Shore performing hernia repairs using minimally invasive approaches and have been the forefront for performing these surgeries with the latest surgical techniques.