Mercy Minimally Invasive Surgeon Dr. Nora Meenaghan Discusses Hernia Treatment
Minimally invasive surgical expert Dr. Nora Meenaghan discusses hernia repair on WBAL-TV11’s Woman’s Doctor
While men are 25 times more likely to suffer a hernia than women, women aren't immune to the condition.
Joyce Trembly has been enjoying afternoon strolls on bright, sunny days, something she couldn't have done in March when she was suffering from a double hernia.
"It didn't hurt, it was just uncomfortable. It was sagging, so I felt like I was holding it up. It looked odd," she said. "I had one on both sides, but the left side was larger. So, (doctors) did a double hernia repair."
According to Dr. Nora Meenaghan of The Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Mercy Medical Center, surgical repair is the typical treatment for a hernia; hernia patients are most often men.
"It is much less common in women. Of course, the female reproductive organs get blamed for a lot of pelvic pain, and most of the time that is the cause, but sometimes it is a hernia, and that is not the thing we think of first," Dr. Meenaghan said.
Even though hernias are more common in men, the usual cause is the same for both sexes.
"Things that put us more at risk for them are increased pressure inside the abdomen, people who are obese -- that increases the interabdominal pressure -- or people who have fluid in their abdomen," Dr. Meenaghan said.
It is a relatively simple problem to fix via outpatient surgery, and the recovery time is minimal.
Trembly said she felt great after her surgery.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.
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