Expert in hernia repair near Hamilton, Freehold, and the Jersey Shore
RESTORE YOUR WAY OF LIFE WITH HERNIA SURGERY
At NJ Advanced surgical Solutions we specialize in the diagnosis and complete repair of both simple and complex hernias. Utilizing the most advanced technology and the latest techniques, Dr. Val Prokurat provides the safest and most effective hernia surgery available including robotic hernia surgery.
As a hernia specialist NJ relies on, Dr. Prokurat believes that effective surgical care begins at the time of the first visit, well before arriving at the operating room. Our team prides ourselves on patient education and a surgical plan that is tailored to meet your needs. While there are many different ways to repair a hernia, we work with our patients to develop a plan that provides the best hernia repair for them.
WHAT IS A HERNIA?
Hernias occur when an organ pushes through an opening in muscle tissue. They are typically found in the abdominal wall, but can also affect the upper thigh and groin area. The issue will develop as the result of muscle weakness or over-exertion. If the hernia is the result of muscle weakness, it may develop over time. But, if it happens because of intense physical exertion, it could happen immediately.
Sufferers will usually notice a bulge or lump in the affected area and may experience pain, weakness and burning. Hernias can be small and simple to repair or they can be extremely large and require extensive surgery. In most cases, the issue isn’t immediately life-threatening, but surgery may be required to prevent long-term problems. The only definitive treatment for a hernia is surgical repair.
WHAT CAN CAUSE A HERNIA?
Hernias have a variety of causes. They may be congenital defects or may result from a congenital weakness in the abdominal wall exacerbated over time. Some of the factors that can contribute to a hernia being more likely to form because of:
- Family history of hernias
- Chronic cough due to smoking or disease
- Straining to urinate
- Enlarged prostate
- Undescended testicles
- Ascites, the buildup of abdominal fluid
- Certain medical conditions, like Marfan syndrome
- Weakened abdominal muscles due to poor nutrition or heavy lifting
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF HERNIAS?
Accounting for approximately 70% of hernias, inguinal hernias occur in the lower abdomen near the groin area. Men are more likely to experience this type of hernia due to a natural weakness in these muscles.
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This type of hernia affects the diaphragm, the muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity. Hiatal hernias can cause heartburn and are more complicated to repair than other hernia types.
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These typically occur in the abdominal area where a previous surgery has been performed. The section of muscle surrounding the area where an incision has healed tends to be weaker than normal muscle tissue.
Most commonly occurring in infants, these hernias affect the area around the bellybutton. This is the only type of hernia that may resolve itself, but if it doesn’t, it may require surgery to be repaired.
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Femoral hernias affect the groin area and are much more common in women than men. These occur just below the crease between the leg and the abdomen and are often the result of pregnancy and childbirth.
Epigastric hernias appear when fat pushes through the muscle anywhere between the breastbone and bellybutton. Most of these hernias are small and cause few symptoms, but may cause pain or burning.
HOW CAN I GET TREATMENT FOR MY HERNIA?
A hernia will not go away on its own and if left untreated, a hernia will slowly enlarge and worsen over time. This can cause patients living in Central New Jersey more pain and discomfort. Therefore, a hernia should be addressed at the first signs of onset by a hernia specialist. While Dr. Prokurat may push the hernia back into its normal location and have you wear a belt to hold the hernia in place, hernia surgery is currently the only method for treatment and repair of a hernia. Early treatment will help ensure a shorter recovery and decrease the chance that the hernia will reoccur.
HOW COMMON IS HERNIA SURGERY?
Surgery to repair an abdominal hernia is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the New Jersey area. Surgical repair is also recommended for hernias that cause pain and other symptoms, and for irreducible hernias (structures cannot be returned to their normal locations) that are incarcerated or strangulated. Dr. Val Prokurat at NJ Advanced Surgical Associates is a hernia specialist NJ trusts immensely and has performed hundreds of hernia repairs with successful outcomes.