Remove Bulges and Protect Your Health with Hernia Surgery

With more than 200,000 cases in the U.S. each year, hernias are extremely common. Abdominal and inguinal hernias, in particular, occur in up to two percent of the adult population. Dr. Daniel Huacuz performs laparoscopic hernia surgery at his practice in Tijuana, Mexico, to repair patients’ hernias and prevent potential complications. Laparoscopic surgeries are a minimally invasive alternative to traditional operations. 

What Is a Hernia?

The human body is made up of many layers of tissue and muscle. A hernia occurs when tissue, muscle, or an organ protrudes through a tear in an outer layer. Caused by either long-term weakening or congenital defects, a hernia can occur virtually anywhere in the body, from the spine to the diaphragm. Because this condition causes an unusual bulge, it can be easy to identify, although some cases may present no symptoms.

One of the most common types of hernia, which is Dr. Huacuz's specialty, is an inguinal hernia. The inguinal cavity is a small canal in the abdominal wall. Because it is weaker than other areas of the abdomen, fatty tissue, muscle, or even portions of the intestine can herniate through. Heavy lifting, strain, coughing, long-term obesity, pregnancy, and constipation can also weaken the inguinal cavity.

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Dr. Huacuz is highly experienced in treating inguinal hernias.

This can cause a number of complications, including digestive backup. In severe cases, the protrusion can lead to a strangulated hernia, in which the blood supply is cut off and tissue begins to die. Even if a patient does not suffer such serious complications, a hernia can cause considerable pain and swelling.

There are a variety of ways to undo the effects of a hernia. Whenever possible, Dr. Huacuz will recommend dietary and lifestyle changes to relieve symptoms: avoiding heavy or large meals, keeping within a healthy weight range for one's body height, quitting smoking, and so on. Surgical options are only recommended if the case is severe and the hernia does not respond to lifestyle changes.

What is a Laparoscopy?

In order to operate, a surgeon traditionally creates a large incision in order to view the surgical site as clearly as possible. During laparoscopic surgery, however, surgeons use a laparoscope: a thin surgical tool with a light and camera on the end that is connected to a monitor. Utilizing this instrument, surgeons can see the operating site, even with tiny incisions small enough to be concealed in a patient’s belly button.

With laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Huacuz can minimize a patient’s discomfort, the chance of infection, and the length of post-surgical recovery.

What Can I Expect during My Procedure?

Before surgery begins, Dr. Huacuz will administer general anesthesia to ensure that patients remain asleep and comfortable during the procedure. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, a small incision will be made in or just above the navel. Through this incision, the abdomen will be inflated with carbon dioxide to create more room to maneuver during surgery. Using the laparoscope and other surgical instruments, Dr. Huacuz can then repair the tear and place a mesh material over it to help strengthen the muscles.

Because this is a minimally invasive procedure, patients typically leave the hospital on the same day of their surgery. Within one to two weeks, they are ready to return to their regular routine and light exercise regimens. Patients should wait at least another two weeks before engaging in any strenuous activity.

Are There Any Risks?

Like most surgeries, laparoscopic hernia repair carries a number of risks, including blood clots, scar formation, and nerve damage. A history of multiple abdominal surgeries or lung disease may complicate a patient’s surgery. This procedure is not usually recommended for children, except in severe cases. 

If you are considering surgery, Dr. Huacuz will walk you through your options to ensure that you have the information you need to make an informed decision about your care.

Reach Out Today

Dr. Daniel Huacuz and his bariatric team strive to ensure that every patient feels comfortable and safe during treatment. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help alleviate your pain and restore your quality of life.  

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