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
"I am so happy that I met Dr Robertson. I have been trying to get someone to agree that I have a hernia for 15 years. I have lived in pain and with the idea that I didn’t know my body. After only about 10 minutes meeting with Dr Robertson he confirmed what I knew all along. I haven’t felt this good for so long that I forgot what it felt like to not be in pain every day. Thank you so much for fixing me so I can be my whole self again!"- C.W. / Yelp / Oct 03, 2021
"This was my first surgery and I was nervous, beyond nervous due to my health issues. Starting at the front desk, the ladies upfront are very nice and welcoming. My vitals nurses are all very caring and gentle as well as considerate. Dr. Robertson is my surgeon. I will say this, talking to Dr. Robertson about the procedure I was having done put my mind at ease and mentally prepared me for surgery. He made sure I left without any questions left on my mind. The surgery itself was a success (inguinal hernia). My incisions are healed up perfectly and the pain is gone not even 2 weeks into recovery. I highly recommend Dr. Robertson and Sierra Pacific Surgical. I feel like I can get my life back on track now. Thank you Dr. Robertson!"- N.M. / Yelp / Sep 14, 2020
"This was my first surgery and I was nervous, beyond nervous due to my health issues. Starting at the front desk, the ladies upfront are very nice and welcoming. My vitals nurses are all very caring and gentle as well as considerate. Dr. Robertson is my surgeon. I will say this, talking to Dr. Robertson about the procedure I was having done put my mind at ease and mentally prepared me for surgery. He made sure I left without any questions left on my mind. The surgery itself was a success (inguinal hernia). My incisions are healed up perfectly and the pain is gone not even 2 weeks into recovery. I highly recommend Dr. Robertson and Sierra Pacific Surgical. I feel like I can get my life back on track now. Thank you Dr. Robertson!"- N.R. / Google / Nov 20, 2020
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 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.