Hernia surgery is one of the most common procedures in the United States.
A hernia is a bulge or protrusion of any bodily organ through an area that it doesn’t belong. Hernias are most often found in the abdominal wall. They can, however, occur anywhere in the body.
Hernias do not heal on their own. In surgical repair surgery, the surgeon pushes the protruding tissue back into place and repairs the weakened area that allowed it to protrude. This may be done with surgical mesh or by using the patient’s own tissue.
Hernia surgery may be done as open abdominal surgery or as a laparoscopic procedure. It not only alleviates pain, it prevents the hernia from becoming incarcerated or strangulated, either of which is an emergency situation.
Dr. Sheppard has expertise in treatment of all types of hernias, including minimally invasive complex abdominal wall reconstructions.