Hernias

At Surgical Affiliates of New Jersey,  we specialize in the diagnosis and complete repair of both simple and complex hernias. Utilizing the most advanced technology and the latest techniques, Dr.'s Curtiss, Rosen, and Zavotsky provide the safest and most effective hernia surgery available .

WHAT IS A HERNIA?

Hernias occur when an organ pushes through an opening in muscle tissue. They are typically found in the abdominal wall, but can also affect the upper thigh and groin area. The issue will develop as the result of muscle weakness or over-exertion. If the hernia is the result of muscle weakness, it may develop over time. But, if it happens because of intense physical exertion, it could happen immediately.

Sufferers will usually notice a bulge or lump in the affected area and may experience pain, weakness and burning. Hernias can be small and simple to repair or they can be extremely large and require extensive surgery. In most cases, the issue isn’t immediately life-threatening, but surgery may be required to prevent long-term problems. The only definitive treatment for a hernia is surgical repair.

Hernia Surgery Options

Our skilled surgeons offer a range of both traditional (open) and minimally invasive surgical procedures for hernia repair.

We carefully tailor our treatment approach for each patient. How a hernia is fixed will depend on:

  • The location and type of hernia

  • The extent of the weakness/tear

  • A patient’s unique needs and health status

Types of hernia repairs include:

Suture repair

Some minor hernias can be repaired using only stitches.

Laparoscopic or robot-assisted hernia repair

Several tiny incisions, usually the size of a dime or keyhole, are made in the abdomen. Small instruments guided by a camera are used to repair the hernia with mesh, stitches and/or mechanical fixation. These minimally invasive procedures can result in:

  • Less pain

  • Shorter hospital stays

  • Faster recoveries

  • Fewer complications

Open surgery

An incision is made near the hernia or through a previous incision. If there is protruding tissue, it will be pushed back into place, and our surgeons will repair the weak spot where the hernia occurred.

More complex hernia procedures may involve reconstructing and/or rearranging muscles and connective tissue in the abdomen to repair the hernia. In these cases, surgeons may use a patient’s own tissue (called flaps) and surgical mesh to help strengthen the abdominal wall, restore function and prevent another hernia.

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