Hernias cause a range of symptoms that may interfere with daily activities. As a triple board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, John R. Barbour, MD, FACS, offers hernia surgery for men and women in the Washington, DC area, including Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria and surrounding communities in Virginia.
What is a Hernia?
Healthy abdominal muscles hold internal organs and soft issues in place behind the abdominal wall. When the muscles are weak, abnormal or damaged, the soft tissues may protrude through the muscles. The hernia may involve a portion of the colon, intestine, stomach and other vital organs. Hernias are categorized as:
- Inguinal that occur in the groin area
- Hiatal that occur in the diaphragm
- Umbilicus that occur in the bellybutton
A hernia may cause:
- Bulge under the skin
- Swelling of the affected organ
- Sharp pains
- Burning sensation
- Vomiting and nausea
What are the Benefits of Hernia Surgery?
Some hernias, such as those involving the intestines, may lead to serious complications without treatment. Hernia surgery may also be performed to alleviate symptoms.
What is the Procedure for Hernia Repair?
The goal of hernia repair is to strengthen the muscles to prevent protrusions of soft tissues. Dr. Barbour pushes the soft tissue back through the abdominal wall and then uses sutures to close the opening in the muscles. Any soft tissues damaged by the hernia are removed during the procedure.
What Should I Expect After Hernia Surgery?
The muscles need time to heal after hernia repair, so you will need to limit your activities. You should return to your activities gradually.
Is the Cost of Hernia Repair Covered by Insurance?
Depending on the situation and the type of insurance, hernia surgery may be covered by medical insurance.
Hernia surgery corrects openings in the abdominal muscles. Dr. Barbour offers hernia repair for men and women in the Washington, DC area, including Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria and surrounding communities in Virginia. Contact Barbour Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation.