Safe and Effective Hernia Treatment
Hernias are often caused by lifting heavy objects – like during exercise or performing manual labor. Other medical issues or activities that may lead to a hernia include straining on the toilet, likely due to constipation, an enlarged prostate, smoking or a persistent cough. If you’re living with the discomfort, pain and heaviness in your abdomen that often goes along with a hernia, safe and effective treatment is available.
The board certified and highly trained surgeons at USA Hernia Center use minimally invasive techniques – including robotic surgery – to treat hernias of all sizes. For people with a large hernia, surgical mesh offers the best long-term outcome and the lowest risk of recurrence. Dr. Jean recommends against surgery for patients who are uncomfortable using surgical mesh to repair their hernia because of the substantially lower chance for success without it.
He also emphasizes that even if you aren’t sure you need surgery to repair a hernia, a consultation with a surgeon can be beneficial. “I don’t want to convince anyone they should have surgery if they don’t want it, but I do want people to know when surgery might be required,” says Dr. Jean. “If you have a severe onset of pain, nausea and vomiting or if the hernia’s size increases quickly, these could be reasons for an emergent hernia repair, and you should go to the ER immediately.”