If you have a noticeable bulge in your stomach or groin, it may be a warning sign of a hernia, and you likely need surgery to repair it. At Somerset Surgical Associates, LLC, the experienced surgeons offer hernia surgery to treat different types of hernias, including hiatal hernias, ventral, and incisional hernias. When possible, the surgeons use robotic technology for hernia surgery, causing less trauma to your body for a faster recovery. Call the office in Somerville, New Jersey, to learn more about hernia surgery or book a consultation online today.

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What is hernia surgery?

Hernia surgery is the primary treatment for a hernia — when an organ or fatty tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the supportive muscle or connective tissue.

There are three types of hernia surgery: open, laparoscopic, and robotic.

Open hernia surgery

Open hernia surgery involves making a large incision through your skin, fatty tissue, and muscle, pushing the hernia back in place, and strengthening the weakened area with stitches or a surgical mesh.

Laparoscopic hernia surgery

Laparoscopic hernia surgery is a minimally invasive technique that uses a laparoscope, a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera that allows the surgeon to see and repair the hernia without making a large incision.

Robotic hernia surgery

Robotic hernia surgery is a minimally invasive surgery that uses intuitive robotic technology to repair weak spots in your abdominal wall with a high level of precision. Robotic surgery requires only small incisions to access and treat a hernia.

Why would I need hernia surgery?

You may be a candidate for hernia surgery if you have symptoms of a problematic hernia.

Somerset Surgical Associates, LLC, performs hernia surgery to treat many types of hernias, including:

Hiatal hernia

A hiatal hernia occurs when part of your stomach pushes into your chest cavity through a weak spot in your diaphragm, the muscle that separates your abdomen from your chest.

Inguinal hernia

An inguinal hernia describes the protrusion of fatty tissue or a part of your intestine into the groin at the top of your inner thigh. This type of hernia develops in women but is more common in men.

Umbilical hernia

An umbilical hernia occurs when part of your intestine or fatty tissue pushes through your abdominal muscles near your belly button.

Incisional hernia

An incisional hernia can be a side effect of surgery when tissue pushes through an incision or scar in your abdomen or pelvis.

Ventral hernia

A ventral hernia develops when tissue protrudes through a weak spot anywhere along your abdominal wall.

Your risk for developing a hernia increases with aging and due to repeated stress on the groin or abdomen. Stress can result from pregnancy, persistent coughing, obesity, or physical exertion.

How long does it take to recover from hernia surgery?

Recovery following hernia surgery depends on the type of surgery performed and your overall health.

You can expect a faster recovery from a minimally invasive procedure like robotic hernia repair or laparoscopic surgery. Most people get back to their usual activities within days. With open hernia surgery, recovery may take several weeks.

Somerset Surgical Associates, LLC, provides comprehensive after-care instructions to help your incisions heal fully and to lower your risk for infection. Your provider can also help you manage any discomfort or pain during your recovery.

To find out if you’re a candidate for hernia surgery, call Somerset Surgical Associates, LLC, to schedule an appointment or book a consultation online today.