A hernia is a protrusion of tissue, organ or fat through an abnormal fissure or opening in the muscles of the abdominal wall. This is typically caused when too much pressure is applied to a weakened tissue area, forcing a bulge through a small hole in the wall. Non-surgical treatments usually help ease pain and discomfort caused by a hernia but do not correct the problem. Prior to surgery, a doctor may recommend a watch-and-review period where the patient will utilize an abdominal truss, belt or hernia brief to relieve the pressure and pain.
It’s very important to prevent hernias from recurring after surgery including monitoring weight gain, engaging in appropriate exercise to strengthen abdominal muscles and preventing constipation. It’s important to follow the doctor’s recommendations closely after surgery, especially regarding exercise and lifting restrictions in order to avoid complication or recurrence.
When there is treatment required, Dr. Mastrangelo offers minimally invasive to open surgical solutions.