Choosing the Right Hernia Repair Surgeon
Hernia repair is a common surgery by today’s medical standards – as common as cesarean sections and appendectomies. That’s not to say that you should settle for any surgeon to repair your hernia. Hernia repair is a surgery, which is serious, even if common. Surgeons have areas in which they specialize.
Once your hernia is diagnosed, next comes selecting a surgeon to perform your repair and guide you through a successful recovery period. A referral from your general practitioner, a friend, a coach, neighbor, family member and an internet search can help you develop your short list.
Schedule a consultation appointment with your first choice. If you’re not completely comfortable with him or her, it is well worth the extra co-pay to schedule an appointment with another surgeon. And so on, until you are confident in the surgeon’s capability to repair your hernia.
Things you Need to Know
Your hernia has been diagnosed and now the journey back to your old self can begin. The next step is choosing the right surgeon who is experienced in the type of hernia repair that you prefer. There are two basic methods your surgeon can use to repair your hernia. One of them uses sutures and your own tissues to close the hole. The other involves using mesh to “patch” the hole.
“Patching” a hole in theory is a great idea. However, if you’ve ever been disappointed by how well a patch really works in the long run then you’ll understand why Dr. William Brown uses the suture method to repair his patients’ hernias. Remember the blow-up plastic baby pools that come with a plastic patch should the pool get a hole in it? That patch may stop the air and/or water from leaking in the…
How to Avoid Chronic Pain After Inguinal Hernia Repair Surgery
Pain directly after an operation is called acute pain. It is related to the operation itself and resolves as you heal from the operation. Chronic pain is pain that persists even after everything is healed.
Chronic pain after hernia repair can be debilitating and affect every aspect of your life. Be sure that you do everything you can to avoid chronic pain and promote rapid healing.
Avoid mesh hernia repair. Problems with mesh are the most common causes of chronic pain after hernia repair. Sometimes mesh will often become stiff with scar tissue and then when you bend and twist and the mesh does not bend and twist with you, you have pain. Also there are many sensitive structures in the inguinal region. If a nerve or the spermatic cord get stuck to the mesh then you will suffer…
Taking Arnica to Help Recovery from Inguinal Hernia Surgery
Whether you’re particular about what you put in your body, you’re concerned about taking strong prescription pain killers, or you simply prefer a more natural approach to healing, homeopathic therapy is an effective way to promote healing from hernia repair surgery. Arnica montana is a key homeopathic medicine in a pre- and postoperative surgery protocol.
Arnica montana is a perennial plant. At its largest, it stands just one to two feet high. It prefers northern and central European hills on mountains and meadows, as well as Siberia. Arnica montana is rare in the U.S.; however, it can be found in sparse patches in the northwest. It blooms in July and August – bright yellow flowers that resemble daisies.
A Little Background
Arnica montana’s use as a medicine dates back to at least the 1500s. But, writings about its healing properties…
Is Your Surgeon Recommending the One Best For You?
Once your hernia is diagnosed, the conversation turns to how is it going to be repaired. There are several methods to repair a hernia and your surgeon should be skilled in and familiar with them all.
There is no right hernia repair technique that applies across the board. The right method depends on several factors, including the type of hernia you have, your unique anatomy, and the extent of the hernia.
In general to repair an indirect inguinal hernia, the Marcy technique is a good option that gives excellent results and minimal postoperative pain.
For direct inguinal hernias, your surgeon might recommend the Bassini, the Shouldice or the Desarda techniques.
The Bassini method is a good option if your inguinal canal is weak, but not completely torn. Expect a little more tension and pain with this repair compared to other methods.…
What Roles Nerves Play in Your Hernia Repair Surgery
Your nerves are what give you sensation. During surgery it is important not to damage the nerves. Here’s what you need to know about the three major nerves in the inguinal area before you head into surgery for hernia repair:
What are the Three Major Nerves?
- Iliohypogastric nerve: provides sensation to the pubic hair area and the upper part of the scrotum or Mons.
- Ilioinguinal nerve: provides sensation along the inguinal ligament, on the inside of the upper thigh, and on the outside of the scrotum or Mons.
- Genital nerve: provides innervation to the cremasteric muscles and sensation to the testicle or labia majora.
Some Hernia Repair Surgeons Advise Cutting the Nerve
Some surgeons routinely cut the nerves during a hernia repair with the thought that it decreases pain after the operations. Yes, cutting the nerves eliminates some pain, but also…