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Ventral Incisional Hernia
Hernia surgery is performed at The Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. Specially trained surgeons employ laparoscopic techniques for safe and effective abdominal hernia repair.
The stomach and intestines are covered and protected by three layers of tissue: the peritoneum, a wall of muscles and the skin. When a tear or weak spot develops in the muscle wall, internal tissue can push through, creating a hernia.
Abdominal herniation is a common condition affecting both sexes and all ages. The three main locations of hernias are:
Most hernias stay the same size or get larger very slowly. Once a hernia appears it doesn’t go away by itself. An exception to this is belly button hernias which often disappear by age three or four.
Symptoms of hernias can come and go, and may be more noticeable after coughing, sneezing or straining at a task.
You may find a hernia yourself or your doctor might find one during a routine physical examination. Sometimes an abdominal CT scan or ultrasound exam may be necessary to pinpoint the exact location and size of damaged muscle wall.
Laparoscopic surgery is the treatment of choice for effective and lasting hernia repair. The weak area or gap in the abdominal wall is closed and strengthened using stitches and a special patch (surgical mesh). An added benefit of the laparoscopic technique is the ability of the surgeon to check for the presence of other abdominal hernias. These can then be repaired at the same time, eliminating the need for additional surgery in the future.
Advantages of minimally invasive surgery for hernia repair typically include:
James has already completed a 10k run after his successful surgery at Mercy Medical Center.
The surgeons of The Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, perform minimally invasive surgical procedures that can help reduce hospital stays and minimize surgical scarring. Our doctors provide treatment options for colon resection, gallbladder conditions and gallstones, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn and hiatal hernia, hernia and adrenal tumors.
Dr. Nora Meenaghan utilizes minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat conditions including gallbladder, gallstones, hernia, colon cancer and GERD.