Hernia Surgery

Surgical Clinic of Louisiana

General Surgery & Bariatric Surgery located in Marrero, LA

A hernia leads to excruciating abdominal pain that can only be corrected through surgical repair. With the minimally invasive approach of expert surgeon David C. Treen, Jr., MD, FACS, FASMBS, and his team at Surgical Clinic of Louisiana, you can expect minimal downtime. Book your hernia surgery consultation at Dr. Treen’s clinic in Marrero, Louisiana — which is near Woodmere, Estelle, Harvey, and Westwego — either online or over the phone.

Hernia Surgery Q & A

Surgical Clinic of Louisiana

What causes a hernia?

A hernia develops when the inner lining of your abdomen pushes through weak or torn layers of your abdominal wall. This causes a balloon-like sac to form through your outer abdominal wall, and in some cases, part of your intestines or abdominal tissue can shift into the sac. You can develop a hernia by:

  • Straining during heavy lifting
  • Gaining excess body weight
  • Persistent coughing
  • Straining while moving your bowels or urinating

Roughly 80% of hernias occur near your groin, although they sometimes form below your groin or through your belly button. In some cases, you can even develop a hernia in areas where you’ve had a previous incision or cut.

What are the symptoms of a hernia?

The most notable symptom of a hernia is the severe lower abdominal pain. It’s also common to experience:

  • Persistent feelings of fullness
  • A bulge in your groin or abdomen
  • Pain while bending or lifting
  • Nausea or constipation

Because a hernia can lead to potentially serious health complications, getting comprehensive surgical care right away is essential.

Do I need surgery to repair a hernia?

Generally yes, since surgical repair is the only way to correct a hernia. With Surgical Clinic of Louisiana, most hernia surgeries are performed laparoscopically on an outpatient basis. After making a few small incisions in your abdomen, Dr. Treen uses a thin laparoscopic camera and surgical tools to repair your abdominal wall.

In many cases, this involves placing a specialized mesh in the opening of your abdominal wall to strengthen the tissue there. Since the team has extensive experience in performing minimally invasive hernia surgery, you can feel confident that your hernia surgery is going to be effective.

How long does it take to recover from hernia surgery?

Most men and women go home within a few hours of having hernia surgery and can walk around as soon as they feel comfortable. You need to plan on having someone stay with you for at least 24-48 hours while you recover from general anesthesia. Depending on the severity of your procedure, you can typically go back to light duty work within a week.

With advancements in surgical procedures, hernia surgery only requires you to have a few small incisions. Usually, Dr. Treen and his team can use dissolvable stitches or surgical glue to close the incisions, which results in minimal downtime. You should be fully recovered with little to no scarring within 2-3 months.

If you need hernia surgery, click or call to schedule an evaluation at Surgical Clinic of Louisiana today.