No one likes undergoing surgery, but it is often necessary for hernias. Fortunately, with its state-of-the-art tools and video equipment, minimally invasive surgery makes the procedure easier and recovery faster than traditional open surgery.
As a complex general surgical oncologist, Dr. Trevan Fischer performs a variety of minimally invasive surgeries for everything from hernias and gallbladders to cancer and more at his private practice in Santa Monica, California. Additionally, he maintains his knowledge of the latest findings and techniques by working on clinical trials at the Saint John's Cancer Institute.
A hernia occurs when an organ squeezes through a weak area of muscle or tissue, most often in the abdomen or groin. It usually appears as a bulge at certain times or while in particular positions and then disappears. In some people, they are so deep they are not visible.
There are different types. The most common is an inguinal hernia, which occurs in about three-quarters of people with hernias. Others include a hiatal hernia when the stomach pushes through the diaphragm and into the chest, an incisional hernia when tissue protrudes from the site of a former abdominal incision, a femoral hernia in the groin area, and more.
While some hernias are present at birth, they usually develop over time. Actions that put pressure on the abdomen can cause them, including lifting heavy objects, frequent coughing or sneezing, or stomach issues like constipation or diarrhea. Poor nutrition, smoking, and weight challenges are also risk factors.
Most hernias require surgery because they worsen over time.
In many cases, our team can make a hernia diagnosis based on a physical exam. However, depending on the type of hernia, some people may need a CT scan.
People with small hernias may not need surgery immediately. Still, it is essential to watch for complications, especially as they grow. Hernias can get stuck and not be able to move back into place. That can lead to pain and medical emergencies like a bowel obstruction or tissue death.
Minimally invasive surgery
Minimally invasive surgery offers benefits for hernia repair. Compared to traditional open surgery, this method results in smaller incisions with less scarring, tissue damage, and limited blood loss. Other positives include a reduced risk of infection and faster healing.
Minimally invasive hernia surgery typically involves several smaller incisions. A small instrument with a 3-D camera is inserted along with small tools. Recovery normally takes days instead of weeks.
Whether you suspect you have a hernia or have already been diagnosed, Dr. Trevan Fischer can help. Click to book an appointment or call the office today at 310-807-2688 to learn more about minimally invasive surgery.