What Should I Do if I Have a Hernia?
If you discover an odd bulge in your abdomen or groin area, speak to your family doctor. They may diagnose you with a . While a hernia diagnosis can feel overwhelming, it’s a common and… Read On
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A hernia is a defect in the muscle of the abdominal wall and usually occurs in the groin area (inguinal) or other areas of the abdomen. Hernias are very common and generally get larger and cause more discomfort with time. If you are experiencing pain from a hernia, don’t wait to get treatment. Surgical Solutions Network offers private hernia surgery with no wait times for patients in Toronto, Calgary, Alberta, and throughout Canada.
At Surgical Solutions, our board-certified surgeons have years of experience performing private hernia surgery. They are committed to helping relieve any pain and discomfort and reducing the risk of another hernia occurring. We strive to provide exceptional pre- and post-operative care and a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience.
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In some cases, patients experience hernia complications in which the intestine can get trapped in the hernia and cause more acute severe pain. If you are suffering from this type of hernia complication, we urge you to seek emergency surgery.
There are two methods of hernia surgery, open and laparoscopic. Both techniques are safe and effective with low rates of recurrence of the hernias. Your surgeon will discuss the particular benefit of each procedure during your consultation. Patients go home the same day after both laparoscopic and open hernia repair.
Open hernia surgery involves a large incision (around 10 cm) in the abdomen that gives the surgeon full access to the hernia and may involve the insertion of mesh to strengthen the repair. Open surgery can take longer to recover from but may be the preferred option depending on your particular circumstance. Open hernia repair can be done with local or spinal anaesthesia.
Laparoscopic hernia surgery involves a small incision through which small instruments, including a laparoscope (tiny camera), are inserted to allow the surgeon to view the hernia and perform the procedure. Before inserting the instruments, the abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide to separate the abdominal organs so the surgeon can more clearly see them and the surrounding area.
Bilateral inguinal hernias and recurrent hernias are generally suitable for laparoscopic hernia repair. For athletes and people who want to get back to playing a sport as soon as possible, laparoscopic hernia surgery can lead to a faster recovery due to the smaller incision. Laparoscopic hernia repair is done with general anaesthesia.
Hernias, typically either umbilical or inguinal, are a result of a defect in the muscle in the abdominal wall or the groin area. Hernia repair surgery is a common surgical procedure that provides relief from pain, swelling, or a bulge in the groin or abdomen.
Our surgeons ask patients to have an ultrasound to diagnose and identify the characteristics of their hernia. In addition, we require patients to complete a pre-surgical patient questionnaire to provide us with basic medical history. If you are a suitable candidate for the procedure at our facility, we will request a history and physical along with bloodwork and possibly an ECG from your family doctor.
Typical recovery is 6 weeks. Following your procedure, you will be advised not to lift/push/pull anything that weighs more than a coffee cup for the first 3 weeks post-op to allow the tissue to mend. For the next 3 weeks, you will be limited to anything that weighs less than 10 pounds. Recovery time beyond the initial 6 weeks varies by patient and the activities required; for example, a sedentary person could return to normal activities, whereas a construction worker would need more time to gradually build up their lifting tolerances over a period of 3 to 6 months.
The most important thing to do as you prepare for your surgery is to not further inflame the hernia; therefore, limit activities and seek immediate care if you show any signs of your hernia bulge turning red or purple or if you notice any symptoms of a strangulated hernia, fever, nausea, vomiting, or intense pain.
If you are ready to discuss your hernia surgery needs with our surgeons, contact us using our online form to learn more and request a consultation at one of our private health care locations in Vancouver, Toronto, or Winnipeg today. You have options for private healthcare and private hernia surgery in Canada.
To clarify your surgery options, your surgeon will discuss:
You will be required to travel out of province for this surgery. Your consultation can take place via telephone or video conference.