Hernias may start off small with few if any symptoms, but they can lead to serious consequences if not corrected surgically. At Atlantic Surgical Associates, Dr. Volshteyn works with general surgeons to repair hernias when cosmetic procedures like abdominoplasty are performed. We welcome patients to our office in West Long Branch, New Jersey, from surrounding communities in Ocean, Essex, and Monmouth counties.
What is a Hernia?
A hernia occurs when the inside layers of the abdominal muscle have weakened, resulting in a bulge or tear. This can allow a loop of intestine or abdominal tissue to push through the sac. All hernias require a combination of a weakness in the fascia or muscle tissue and pressure. Hernias cause discomfort, severe pain, or other potentially serious problems.
How Much Does Hernia Repair Cost in West Long Branch, NJ?
The cost of surgical hernia repair depends on the location of the hernia (such as the upper stomach or hiatal, umbilical, or femoral) and the severity of the hernia. During your initial consultation at Atlantic Surgical Associates, Dr. Volshteyn will work with you to create a tailored treatment plan and review your cost and insurance coverage. You can learn more about what to expect and payment options on our financing page.
What Causes a Hernia?
Any condition that increases the pressure in the abdominal wall may contribute to the formation of or worsen a hernia. Some examples include: obesity, heavy lifting, coughing, and straining while using the bathroom.
How is Hernia Repair Performed?
Hernia repair surgery in West Long Branch can be performed as an open surgery through an incision or, more commonly, laparoscopically through a very tiny opening.
In the case of open surgery, an incision is made in the abdomen and the hernia is pushed back into the proper position, removed, or tied off. The weakened area of muscle is then closed with sutures.
With laparoscopic surgery, the abdomen is inflated with gas and very tiny incisions are made close to the hernia. A thin tube with a camera or laparoscope is inserted to guide the surgeon. This technique results in much smaller surgical scars and it comes with a shorter recovery period. Most patients recover a week sooner from laparoscopic hernia repair than open hernia surgery.
When to Seek Medical Attention:
If you find a new tender, painful and irreducible lump on your abdomen, it is vital to seek medical attention to avoid the risk of the hernia becoming strangulated or irreducible.
Quite often, patients who seek certain cosmetic procedures such as an abdomonoplasty or tummy tuck are in need of a hernia repair as well. Dr. Volshteyn, our board-certified plastic surgeon, works with general surgeons to perform the procedures together.
If you are unsure if you have a hernia, or have already been diagnosed and would like more information on how we can help you, contact us today. Atlantic Surgical Associates in West Long Branch, New Jersey, welcomes patients from the surrounding communities of New Brunswick, East Brunswick, and Staten Island, NY.