Hernia Repair with Dr. Repta

Abdominal surgery is a fairly commonplace surgery today. General surgery, urology, gynecology, spine surgery, and bariatric surgery all include procedures that may have a need for abdominal surgery. Due to the intricacy of the abdominal wall, abdominal surgical complications can sometimes develop.

This can create disfigurement in addition to ongoing symptoms of pain. This is why it is vital to choose a surgeon who has plenty of practice in the field of abdominal reconstruction and repair. Dr. Repta offers tummy tucks as a means of addressing such issues. Dr. Repta strives to deliver some of the top hernia surgery Scottsdale has available.

Recognizing a Hernia

There are a myriad of circumstances that can lead one to look into the option of receiving abdominal reconstruction. There are several different kinds of hernia, which can all be addressed with a tummy tuck. But it is important that you be able to tell the different hernias apart. Dr. Repta seeks to perform some of the best hernia and umbilical hernia surgery Scottsdale can provide. Listed below are several types of hernia, all of which are treatable with a tummy tuck procedure:

Ventral Hernia

This is a type of abdominal hernia. These hernias cause one to have a protruding bump or bulge in the abdomen area. This type of hernia can grow and develop in size. Dr. Repta strives to deliver to you among the best ventral hernia surgeries Scottsdale has to show for.

Diastasis Recti

This type of hernia occurs when the abdominal muscles have become separated and widened, creating a “pooch” effect. This can be a common issue with pregnancy and childbearing. This kind of hernia can be addressed in concurrence with a tummy tuck or mommy makeover procedure.

Abdominal Hernia

This type of hernia can go by various names, and even vary in symptoms. Essentially, this kind of hernia occurs when the abdominal muscles have become too weak and disconnect from one another. This can cause fat tissue and sectors of your bowel to press on your abdominal muscles, which can result in your belly swelling and protruding.

Incisional Hernia

This breed of hernia appears at or near the site of an old surgical scar. Typically, this occurs following a surgery, when the fatty tissue or part of one’s bowel pushes through weakened muscles. Repair of these types of hernia can often be accomplished using your own tissues without the need for mesh. Dr. Repta will be able to correct and reform your abdominal architecture. Dr. Repta aims to deliver some of the best hernia surgery Scottsdale has to offer.

Umbilical Hernia

An umbilical hernia develops when a portion of the intestine breaks through the umbilical opening in the abdominal muscles. This kind of hernia is seen most often in infants, however it is seen, on occasion, in adults as well. Umbilical hernias can also be quite common in women post-pregnancy. An umbilical hernia is essentially a weakness or pocket that has developed in the stalk of the belly button. Seeing as the belly button runs through the abdominal wall, an umbilical hernia is a hole that allows the fat inside the abdomen to enter through and bulge into the fat that lies under the skin. This is basically an “outie” belly button.

This type of hernia can be easily repaired with a tummy tuck procedure. In order to repair the umbilical hernia, the patient’s own body tissue or mesh can be used to stop up the hole. Using the patient’s own tissues essentially brings the edges of the hernia together and restores that area of the body to whole once more. By using your own body tissue, you also avoid the complications that can occur with the use of mesh. Dr. Repta works to administer what is among the top umbilical hernia surgery Scottsdale can provide.

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No-Mesh Hernia Repair

Mesh is a material that is commonly used when addressing a hernia, and which adds reinforcement to the stitches of the closure. Studies show that the use of mesh in repairing a hernia can reduce the chances of hernia recurrence, as opposed to when not used. While hernia recurrence is only at most 15%, the use of mesh has proven to decrease this percentage. There are certain hernia procedures where your doctor may recommend using mesh, due to the size or severity of your hernia, however it is not always necessary.

For those who are more inclined to opt for no mesh hernia repair in Scottsdale, Dr. Repta is extremely familiar and experienced with this method. For hernia repair procedures done with no mesh, the hernia is closed and secured by carefully stitching the tissues of the abdominal wall together. A no mesh hernia repair procedure uses nothing more than the body’s own tissues. This can reduce the chance of issues such as implant rejection, since most mesh used is considered an "implant", or foreign object within the body.

Hernia Mesh Removal

Procedures using surgical mesh are common for repairing hernias. The mesh reinforces the sutures that close the hernia and may reduce the chance of hernia recurrence. Mesh hernia repair may be the best treatment option for certain large, severe hernias.

However, in some cases, surgical mesh used in hernia repair has been found to cause complications, including infection and chronic pain. Dr. Repta performs mesh removal in Scottsdale to treat hernia repair complications associated with surgical mesh.

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What Complications Are Associated with Hernia Mesh?

Mesh removal in Scottsdale is performed when complications occur with mesh hernia repair. Complications may be associated with recalled hernia mesh products no longer on the market.

As stated by the FDA, common complications with this type of procedure are:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Adhesion (tissues sticking together)
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Mesh migration
  • Mesh shrinkage

Why Is Hernia Mesh Removal Done?

It may be necessary to remove hernia mesh when complications occur, including chronic pain, infection, and hernia recurrence. Chronic pain may be caused by mesh folding (known as meshoma), a reaction of the body to the mesh, or recurrence of the hernia.

Dr. Repta is a leading Scottsdale hernia mesh removal surgeon, with extensive training and experience in mesh removal, hernia repair and re-repair, and abdominal surgery.

During Your Consultation

During your consultation to discuss hernia repair in Scottsdale, Dr. Repta will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding the procedure, or any other potential surgeries you may be interested in. Every single patient is unique; therefore, whatever it is you are looking to gain from plastic or reconstructive surgery shall be approached with your particular needs and requirements in mind. 

Dr. Repta is extremely thorough when discussing your hopes for physical reconstruction, so that together you can create a proper surgical plan for your body, which will be customized according to your specific needs and personal medical or cosmetic goals.

Dr. Repta makes it his goal to give you some of the top hernia surgery Scottsdale has to offer.

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Hernia Repair FAQ

What causes a hernia?

What are the different types of hernias?

How do I know if I need hernia repair surgery?

Is hernia repair surgery performed using minimally invasive techniques?

Will there be visible scarring after hernia repair surgery?

What are the risks associated with hernia repair surgery?

Can hernia repair surgery be combined with other procedures?

Can hernias recur after surgery?

Is hernia repair surgery covered by insurance?

How can hernia repair surgery improve my quality of life?

What causes a hernia?

Hernias can be caused by factors such as heavy lifting, persistent coughing, obesity, pregnancy, and genetics. They often result from a combination of muscle weakness and strain on the affected area.

What are the different types of hernias?

Common types of hernias include inguinal hernias (groin), umbilical hernias (belly button), incisional hernias (from previous surgeries), and hiatal hernias (upper stomach into the chest).

How do I know if I need hernia repair surgery?

If you experience pain, discomfort, or a visible bulge in the affected area, it's advisable to consult a doctor. They will perform a physical examination and may recommend imaging tests to determine if surgery is necessary.

Is hernia repair surgery performed using minimally invasive techniques?

Yes, hernia repair surgery can often be performed using minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopy. These approaches involve smaller incisions and typically result in less pain and quicker recovery compared to traditional open surgery.

Will there be visible scarring after hernia repair surgery?

Scarring is normal after any surgery, but surgeons aim to place incisions strategically to minimize visible scarring. Scars usually fade and become less noticeable with time.

What are the risks associated with hernia repair surgery?

Risks include infection, bleeding, recurrence of the hernia, and potential complications related to anesthesia. Choosing an experienced surgeon and following post-operative guidelines can minimize these risks.

Can hernia repair surgery be combined with other procedures?

Depending on the specific case, hernia repair surgery can sometimes be combined with other procedures, especially if a patient is undergoing surgery for other reasons as well.

Can hernias recur after surgery?

While recurrence is possible, skilled surgeons use various techniques to reinforce the weakened area and minimize the risk of recurrence. Following post-operative instructions is crucial to prevent recurrence.

Is hernia repair surgery covered by insurance?

In most cases, hernia repair surgery is covered by insurance if it is deemed medically necessary. It's advisable to check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage.

How can hernia repair surgery improve my quality of life?

Hernia repair surgery can alleviate pain, discomfort, and the risk of complications associated with untreated hernias. It can also restore normal functionality and improve your overall well-being.

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Why Choose Us?

If you would like to know more about the available Scottsdale hernia surgery options and Dr. Repta's no mesh hernia repair, you can request a consultation online. Or, if you prefer, you are welcome to call the office, and one of our staff members will be happy to assist you. Dr. Repta and his team have been working for years to earn a reputation as pioneers and leading voices in abdominal surgery, and they’ll be excited to help unite you with the procedure that you need.

When you’re ready to get started, reach out to our welcoming Scottsdale offices and speak with a member of our team to set up your initial consultation.

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