Though common wisdom will tell you that hernias only occur in men, usually adult men, this is far from the truth. While the majority of hernias do occur in males – with inguinal hernia symptoms in men particularly common – some types of hernia are not at all rare in women and children of all genders. Umbilical hernias, for instance, can occur at birth, though they can also occur in overweight people and in women, particularly after pregnancy.
When do Hernias Require Repair?
Though some hernias pose a relatively minor risk, the issue can often lead to severe long-term health issues. Below are some reasons you might consider umbilical hernia repair for yourself or child:
- The hernia is painful or stuck in a noticeable bulge
- The hernia affects blood supply
- If a child has been affected by an umbilical hernia since birth, repair surgery should be considered by age 5 or 6.
- If the hernia affects one's appearance or movement in a noticeable way
Without umbilical hernia repair, it is possible for an incarcerated hernia to form, an often painful issue which occurs when some fat or part of the intestine gets stuck in the hernia, making it impossible to push back in. Worse still, if the blood supply to this region is cut off, the strangulation makes urgent laparoscopic umbilical hernia repair a necessity. Of course, like any surgical treatment, umbilical hernia surgery comes with its share of risks, including bleeding or infection. That's why it is always essential to consult the expertise of a highly trained hernia specialist.
Fortunately, sufferers of hernia in Southern California can benefit from the expertise of perhaps the finest hernia surgeon in the Western United States – Dr. Shirin Towfigh at the Beverly Hills Hernia Center. Ranked "Best in the West" for 24 straight years by US News and World Report, Dr. Towfigh is able to diagnose and treat patients with the most cutting-edge laparoscopic hernia repair technology.
Laparoscopic Treatment from Dr. Towfigh
In performing laparoscopic hernia repair, Dr. Towfigh will insert a thin, telescope-like instrument through a small incision at the umbilicus (belly button). In most cases, the procedure is performed under general anesthesia, so discomfort during the procedure is not an issue. While patients might feel some degree of discomfort after surgery, the minimally invasive nature of the treatment means that patients can expect far fewer complications and far less pain during recovery than in traditional open-hernia operations.
If you or your child is experiencing pain or an unusual bulge in the lower abdomen region, remember that a hernia shouldn't be ruled out until you've been diagnosed by a true expert in the field. To get the best in diagnosis and treatment from Dr. Towfigh, contact the Beverly Hills Hernia Center at 310-358-5020.
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