Our hernia surgery Lancaster specialist is here to give you all the facts you need in regards to abdominal Incisional Hernias.

What is it?

In general, a hernia is diagnosed by a lump or bulge around the abdomen area, usually accompanied by pain or pressure. This bulge occurs because of weak abdomen muscles. Incisional Hernias are caused by an incision that was made on this muscle during an abdominal surgery.

Instead of healing, this incisional gap only grows and lets tissue poke through.

Who is most at risk?

To be clear, an incisional hernia can only occur after a patient has had surgery and is most common 3 to 6 months post-surgery. Patients are most likely to be at risk for this type of a hernia if they:

  • Gained significant weight after surgery
  • Became pregnant
  • Participated in physically hard activities that can increase pressure, such as heavy lifting

Should you have surgery?

The hernia surgery Lancaster specialist finds that surgery is required if you have a strangulated hernia. Please seek immediate medical assistance. This hernia causes a loss of blood supply and the tissue bulging out can die. It is associated with a deep red or purple color, and nausea and pain are common symptoms.

Other reasons for surgery include:

  • It continues to grow or is already large
  • The patient finds it cosmetically unappealing
  • It is not a reducible hernia (the bulge is not going away even when relaxed)
  • It is painful

What is the surgery like?

Laparoscopic surgery is most commonly performed. This is the most minimally invasive method and is a procedure our hernia surgery Lancaster office is well experienced in. For a small muscle defect, the gap will be sutured closed. A mesh graft may be used for larger holes. This surgery is to permanently prevent a hernia from re-occurring.

Post-Surgery Care

Patients should be able to return to normal activity by 2 to 4 weeks. Please avoid activities that put too much pressure on the abdomen, such as:

  • Standing up too quickly from a sitting position
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Forcing bowel movements
  • Vomiting
  • Heavy Lifting

About Dr. Lemus-Rangel

This board-certified robotic surgeon is located at the Hernia Surgery Lancaster Office. Dr. Lemus-Rangel provides the best care pre- and post-surgery. Anyone interested in Dr. Lemus-Rangel’s top hernia surgery Lancaster, visit www.drlemusrangel.com or 23823 Valencia Blvd., Suite 150, Valencia, CA 91355 (661.481.1793).