What Is Hernia Surgery?
A hernia is a health condition in which a portion of an organ or other tissue protrudes through a weak area in muscular or connective tissue and into an area where it does not belong. Hernias can present pain, pressure, and serious health concerns and generally require surgical repair. At Sierra Pacific Surgical, our general surgeons are highly skilled at performing open and minimally invasive robotic hernia surgery for Sacramento and Northern California patients. During this procedure, the herniated tissue is moved back into its respective cavity and secured to help hold it in place. We treat various types of hernias, from simple and initial cases to more complex and recurrent hernia conditions, including those that require abdominal wall reconstruction. Contact our Folsom or Roseville, CA offices today to learn more about surgery for hernia repair.
Hernia Surgery Reviews
"Dr. Chen performed umbilical hernia surgery. He is a great doctor. The staff at both offices Roseville and Folsom are amazing. I've never experienced such thorough care and prompt attention to all of my needs. Thank you Sierra Pacific Surgical"- C.W. / Google / May 09, 2022
"Actually I am rating Dr. David Skeehan 10 STARS ... along with his Entire Team @ Sutter Roseville Outpatient Surgery Center. Absolutely 1st Class care & concern from the moment I walked into the pre-op area, through surgery, post-op & then departure for home; plus a wellness call the next day. Dr. Skeehan performed an operation/procedure on me: diagnostic laparoscopy, robotic assisted incisional hernia repair with mesh. I only have three tiny incisions, yet he corrected 10 years of gut agony from 3 Major Surgeries. (#2 - being Emergency) - caused by Dr. #1 mishap during her removal of my Sigmoid colon; so diseased from 30+ years of diverticulitis attacks. I consider the referral to see Dr. David Skeehan a total God-Send Blessing.💕"- J.M. / Google / Jun 10, 2022
"Saw Doctor Jay Robertson for a hernia repair and gallbladder removal. Dr. Robertson went one step further and had a CT scan done in addition to the ultrasound my GP scheduled. The CT scan gave so much more information. He was very informative going into surgery and made the whole procedure much more bearable."- K.L. / Yelp / Jul 20, 2022
"I have had the most wonderful experience with Sierra Pacific Surgical. Dr. Robertson and his partners are skilled and experienced general surgeons. Their staff is responsive, thorough and professional. Most recently, Dr. Robertson repaired an inguinal hernia for me at Mercy Hospital of Folsom. The repair was done via minimally invasive, robotic-assisted laparoscopy and I couldn’t be more pleased. I have three small incisions in my abdomen and experienced no pain, just discomfort and soreness (as to be expected). I highly recommend Sierra Pacific Surgical for any of your general surgery needs; they’re wonderful!"- K.B. / Yelp / Jul 20, 2022
"I have had the most wonderful experience with Sierra Pacific Surgical. Dr. Robertson and his partners are skilled and experienced general surgeons. Their staff is responsive, thorough and professional. Most recently, Dr. Robertson repaired an inguinal hernia for me at Mercy Hospital of Folsom. The repair was done via minimally invasive, robotic-assisted laparoscopy and I couldn't be more pleased. I have three small incisions in my abdomen and experienced no pain, just discomfort and soreness (as to be expected). I highly recommend Sierra Pacific Surgical for any of your general surgery needs; they're wonderful!"- K.B. / Google / Jul 21, 2022
Types of Hernias
Hernias can develop in many areas throughout the body, but they commonly occur in the abdominal region. The Sierra Pacific Surgical team has advanced expertise in treating the following types of hernias:
- Hiatal hernias, paraesophageal hernias, and diaphragmatic hernias occur when the upper portion of the stomach or another organ protrudes through the diaphragm and into the chest cavity.
- Umbilical hernias develop when part of the small intestine near the navel bulges through the abdominal wall.
- Inguinal hernias occur in the groin area and happen when the bladder or intestine protrudes through the inguinal canal or wall of the abdomen.
- Epigastric hernias are a type of ventral hernia that develops along the midline of the abdomen within the stomach area.
- Incisional hernias happen when the intestine bulges through the abdominal wall through a previous surgical site.
- Spigelian hernias (also called lateral ventral hernias) develop within the Spigelian fascia, which is the connective tissue layer that separates the muscles in the abdomen.
- Lumbar hernias involve a protrusion of intestinal organs or other tissue through the lumbar triangle in the lower back.
What are the Benefits of Hernia Surgery?
Hernia surgery can help you find relief from your pain and discomfort. Laparoscopic hernia surgery uses a laparoscopic arm with a tiny camera on the end. It's controlled by your doctor and used to see where the hernia needs repaired and fixed without major surgery. After you heal, your incision may be barely visible. Some of the standard benefits include:
- Faster recovery times
- Reduced post-operative pain
- Smaller incisions with better results
- Reduced likelihood of wound healing complications
The benefits of robotic hernia repair are much like laparoscopic, with shorter recovery times and minimal incisions. Robotic hernia repair surgery allows your care team to see three-dimensionally into the abdomen to fix the hernia. Additionally, stitches can be placed to sew tissue and any meshes inside the abdomen. For more information on the benefits of hernia surgery, schedule an appointment with our team.
What Can I Expect With Hernia Surgery?
The goal of hernia surgery (also called herniorrhaphy) is to gently move the displaced organ or tissue back into its appropriate location. The area may then be strengthened with a synthetic mesh material or sutures. Our skilled surgeons also perform abdominal wall reconstruction, which may be required for complex hernias.
When possible, the Sierra Pacific Surgical team takes a laparoscopic or robotic surgical approach to perform hernia surgery for Sacramento and Northern California patients. Robotic hernia surgery is performed through small incisions created in the treatment area. This minimally invasive approach offers the added benefit of 3D internal imaging and the use of flexible, highly refined surgical instruments. In some instances, open (traditional) hernia surgery may be the preferred approach to treating herniated tissue.
Hernia Surgery FAQ
Is hernia surgery considered serious?
Typically, hernia surgery has been found to be very safe, rarely causing any complications. The Sierra Pacific Surgical team will go over any potential complications during the lead-up to your surgery. The operation does require the use of general anesthesia, which is important to keep in mind for patients who have had adverse reactions in the past.
How long is the recovery process after hernia surgery?
Hernia surgery is considered an outpatient procedure, meaning patients are able to return home the same day. In general, most patients are able to return to light activity within about three weeks. A full recovery will be made after about six weeks, at which point patients are free to resume strenuous exercise.
Can I walk after hernia surgery?
There are no restrictions on walking after hernia surgery. This means that, once your body has fully recovered from the surgery, you will be completely free to walk around under your own power. This allows patients to be almost completely self-sufficient during their recovery.
Experienced Hernia Repair
When it comes to hernia repair, choosing a skilled, compassionate surgeon can make all the difference in your treatment results. Our qualified team at Sierra Pacific Surgical has years of experience and advanced training in treating a wide variety of simple and complex hernias and is dedicated to taking the most minimally invasive approach to patient care. For more on open or robotic hernia surgery in Sacramento, CA, please contact our Roseville or Folsom office for a treatment consultation.