CMC Surgery physicians are internationally-recognized experts in innovative hernia surgery. The only way to effectively treat a hernia and provide lasting relief is to have it surgically repaired. Hernia repair is one of the most common types of surgery performed in the United States.
Hernia repair is conducted using one of two surgical approaches, both of which utilize a piece of synthetic or prosthetic mesh to reinforce the weakness in the abdominal wall. The use of mesh gives patients a "tension-free" repair because the mesh provides a bridge to connect the gap in the tissue with few sutures instead of pulling the tissue together with multiple sutures. This method also helps alleviate pain. The mesh is well accepted by the body and acts like scaffolding to encourage the growth of healthy tissue.
Open surgery is what people typically think of in regards to surgery. An incision is made in the skin near the bulge and the surgeon will repair the hernia through the incision.
Laparoscopic surgery is also referred to as "minimally invasive surgery." During this type of surgery, two to four small incisions are made in the abdomen so that instruments and a camera can be inserted. The abdomen is then inflated with gas to give the surgeon space to work inside the patient. The camera has a light that gives the surgeon a view from the inside. The surgeon uses specialized instruments and views the surgical site on a television screen that is connected to the camera. Once the hernia has been repaired, the gas is released and the abdomen returns to normal.
Plastic surgery may sometimes be needed in combination with hernia repair.
Our surgeons perform a variety of proven techniques to repair hernias that offer minimal post-operative discomfort and speedy recoveries.
For more information about Carolinas Hernia Center, call 704-697-3223, or toll free 866-325-8204.