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Hernia Repair Surgery

A hernia happens when a portion of an organ or other soft tissue pushes through a weak spot in the surrounding muscle or tissue. For adults, this typically happens as a result of getting older, though a person who has a chronic cough, chronic constipation, or a job that involves frequent heavy lifting may be at higher risk. Fortunately, though hernias can be uncomfortable and even painful, they can be repaired with surgery if needed. 

Dr. Deborah Martin is a skilled general surgery specialist with years of experience performing hernia repair surgery for patients in the greater Atlanta area. She is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to her patients, helping them find relief from their symptoms and get back to their daily activities. 

If you’re experiencing hernia symptoms or looking for a hernia surgeon near you, schedule your appointment with us today. We’ll work with you every step of the way to help you get the treatment you need.


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Ventral & Inguinal Hernia Treatment

Types of Hernias, Their Symptoms & Treatments

The most common kind of hernia is an inguinal hernia, which accounts for 75% of all hernia cases. Also called groin hernia, they are more common among men and occur when part of the bowel protrudes through a weak spot into the inguinal canal, which is located in the pelvic region. Inguinal hernia symptoms may include pain, swelling, or a visible lump in the groin area, though some people may not experience any symptoms at all.

A ventral hernia, on the other hand, occurs when an organ pushes through a weak abdominal wall. There are a few subtypes of ventral hernias, including:

  • Epigastric: These hernias occur anywhere between the chest and belly button. They are common amongst both men and women.
  • Umbilical: These hernias occur around the belly button. They are most common in babies and young children, but someone who is pregnant with twins or triplets is also more susceptible to developing this type of hernia.
  • Incisional: These hernias occur in the area of a previous abdominal surgery and can develop months to years after a procedure.

Depending on the type of hernia and your individual needs and circumstances, Dr. Martin will tailor a surgical treatment plan that’s right for you. The three main hernia surgery types include:

  • Open Hernia Repair: A traditional surgical approach where an incision is made near the hernia site, and the protruding tissue is pushed back into place. The weakened area is then reinforced with sutures or mesh to prevent a recurrence.
  • Laparoscopic Hernia Repair: A minimally invasive technique involving several small incisions, through which a laparoscope and specialized surgical instruments are inserted to repair the hernia. This method typically results in faster recovery times and less postoperative pain.
  • Recurrent Hernia Repair: Repair surgery for hernias that have recurred, or re-dos of previous unsuccessful hernia surgeries.

Regardless of what method is used, the goal of every surgery for ventral hernia or inguinal hernia is to help the patient find relief and prevent recurrence. Without treatment, hernias can get larger and cause more severe and painful symptoms over time.

If you’re living with hernia symptoms, don’t wait to seek treatment. Dr. Deborah Martin is here to help you find the relief you need and help you make a full recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I need hernia surgery?

Each case is different, but inguinal hernias will typically require surgery at some point, as will all ventral hernias. Though adult men with small inguinal hernias may be able to put off treatment for some time, women have a higher risk of dangerous complications and will likely have surgery recommended to them sooner. However, because ventral hernias can cause more severe complications if untreated, it is best to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. 

If you’re experiencing any hernia symptoms, such as pain, swelling, or bulging in your abdomen or groin it’s important to seek a medical evaluation right away. Depending on the type of hernia and its severity and based on the type of hernia and its severity, Dr. Martin will recommend a course of treatment that’s right for you.

How can I prepare for my hernia surgery?

Dr. Martin will give you instructions before your surgery to help you prepare for the procedure. These instructions will be specific and may include stopping certain medications, fasting for a period of time prior to the operation, or taking certain medications in advance. 

Another great way to prepare is to make a plan with a responsible, trusted friend or family member ahead of time to drive you home after your surgery. Depending on your recovery time, you may also want to make sure someone is available to help you with day-to-day tasks.

How long does it typically take to recover from a ventral or inguinal hernia procedure?

Every patient is different, and so are their roads to recovery. Your recovery time will vary depending on the kind of hernia, the type of surgery, and your overall health.

Because they are minimally invasive, laparoscopic and robotic-assisted hernia surgeries typically have shorter recovery times. Open repairs require more time for healing, but many patients can resume normal activities between 1 to 4 weeks. Dr. Martin will be able to provide more detailed information about your specific recovery timeline.

How can I get started with a hernia specialist near me?

Dr. Deborah Martin is a highly experienced and board-certified general surgeon in the Atlanta area, providing comprehensive care and treatment for patients suffering from a wide range of conditions, including hernias. If you’re ready to get started with a hernia surgeon near you, schedule your appointment with Dr. Martin online today!

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Find relief from your hernia symptoms with the help of Dr. Deborah Martin.