Incisional Hernia Surgery in Brownsville, TX
A hernia occurs when a weakness in the muscles of the abdominal wall allows tissue to protrude through. In the instance of an incisional hernia, the weakness is caused by the incision from a previous abdominal surgery that hasn’t healed properly, usually due to infection.
Dr. Carlos Barba provides state-of-the-art, minimally invasive treatment options for incisional hernias. With our general surgery centers in Harlingen and Brownsville, TX, Dr. Barba is south Texas’ leader in hernia repair and general surgery. Learn about your treatment options and schedule your consultation with Dr. Barba today. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Barba, please call (956) 621-4981 or request an appointment through our secure online form.
What Are the Symptoms of an Incisional Hernia?
Many people notice bulging tissue when standing up, lifting heavy objects or bending over. The hernia will simply feel like a bump where the incision occurred and usually goes away when the patient lies on their back.
Other common symptoms for those with an incisional hernia include:
- Visible protrusion
- Pain, aching, or swelling in the affected area
What Causes an Incisional Hernia?
Incisional hernias are more likely to occur in obese or pregnant patients due to the muscle becoming weak or stretched in the abdominal area. A history of multiple abdominal surgeries will also increase the risk of developing a hernia and a person is most likely to develop the issue three to six months following their surgery.
How is an Incisional Hernia Diagnosed?
Since an incisional hernia occurs at the site of the surgery, it is fairly easy for the doctor to diagnose. In most cases, only a visual inspection will be needed. The physician may ask the patient to cough or bend to cause the hernia to protrude. If the hernia is large, digital screenings may be performed to determine what tissue is protruding from the body.
How is an Incisional Hernia Treated?
In cases where the hernia is small and isn’t growing in size, surgery is not a necessity. For a large hernia, especially if it is causing pain or becoming larger, a doctor will recommend surgery.
Open Hernia Repair – The surgeon will make an incision outside of the affected area. The protruding tissue will be placed back behind the abdominal wall. The weakened abdominal wall tissue will often be reinforced. Once the incision is closed, the procedure is complete.
Laparoscopic Hernia Repair – This procedure is minimally invasive. During a laparoscopy, the surgeon will create several tiny incisions and operate using a small tube attached to a camera. Small tools will be used to repair the hernia. This option may reduce recovery time, but may not be available to those with large hernias or previous pelvic surgeries.
Schedule an Appointment For Incisional Hernia Treatment
If your incisional hernia symptoms have caused chronic discomfort and pain, hernia repair procedures may be right for you. Dr. Carlos A. Barba is highly-trained at performing both open & laparoscopic hernia repair. He will take the time to diagnose your symptoms and discover the best treatment option for you. Please call our general surgery center in Harlingen & Brownsville, TX, at (956) 621-4981 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Barba today.