Struggling with a hernia can be painful. A hernia is a weakness or opening in the abdominal wall, which often results in soft tissue such as fat or intestine protruding through the abdominal muscles and occupying space under the skin. Hernias can occur as a result of many factors including pregnancy, obesity, straining during bowel movements, and more.
The most common types of hernia are:
- Inguinal (inner groin)
- Incisional (resulting from an incision)
- Femoral (outer groin)
- Umbilical (belly button)
- Hiatal (upper stomach)
There are nearly one million hernia repair surgeries performed each year in the U.S. alone. San Antonio plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Bindewald is experienced at treating a wide range of hernia types, using a variety of repair materials and the latest techniques.
Surgical hernia repair is conducted using one of two approaches, traditional and laparoscopic, both of which utilize a piece of synthetic or prosthetic mesh to reinforce the weakness in the abdominal wall. When expertly performed, both approaches result in a successful hernia repair. Depending on your unique case, there are minimally invasive techniques Dr. Bindewald can employ to address your hernia repair.
With more complex repairs, abdominal wall reconstruction is often necessary. You may have a large abdominal hernia or an opening of the abdominal wall. In this instance Dr. Bindewald will reconstruct your abdominal wall utilizing either muscle flaps from your abdomen or another area of your body or synthetic materials. Both methods achieve lasting closure and improved structural integrity of the abdominal wall.
Often, hernia repair surgeries can be paired with a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) to achieve the results you are looking for.
Surgical hernia repair and abdominal wall reconstruction are typically performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. Following the procedure, you will likely be given an abdominal binder to wear for several weeks. Most patients are instructed to avoid strenuous activity, heavy lifting, or exercise for at least six weeks post-operatively.
Dr. Bindewald’s patients are typically very pleased with the results of their surgical hernia repair and are able to resume their lives with newfound confidence and comfort in their daily activities.
Anyone who has the symptoms of a hernia, such as pain or a bulge, should consider hernia repair. Dr. Bindewald and his staff are dedicated to providing patients with the extraordinary care they deserve. Please contact our team at (210) 616-0798 to schedule your consultation.