Hernia Surgery in Asheville, North Carolina
Repair your hernia(s) to prevent life-threatening complications.
Any time one of your internal organs slips through weakened or torn tissue, it’s called a hernia. There are multiple types of hernias, and they can vary in severity and urgency. However, surgery is always required to fix a hernia. Here are a few of the different types of hernias Dr. Jerimiah Mason can repair:
- Inguinal – The most common type of hernia, inguinal hernias occur when part of the bladder or intestine protrudes into the groin area.
- Femoral – Often mistaken as an inguinal hernia, femoral hernias happen when your intestine bulges into the canal holding the femoral artery (the main artery in your leg).
- Incisional – If your abdominal wall has been severed as part of a previous surgery, your intestine can push through weaknesses in the surgical area.
- Umbilical – When the small intestine passes through the abdominal wall near the belly button, it’s called an umbilical hernia. This is commonly seen in newborns and women who are obese or have had multiple children.
- Hiatal – The upper portion of the stomach can slip through the opening in your diaphragm, resulting in a hiatal hernia (see below for details).
Let Dr. Mason end your persistent Hernia discomfort in Asheville, North Carolina.
Although not every hernia causes symptoms, most of them do. Here are some typical hernia symptoms:
- Pain or discomfort at the site of the hernia, which can be intensified by coughing, lifting or bending over, and eased by laying down
- Burning, gurgling or aching
- Pressure or heaviness in the abdomen
Strangulated hernias are serious conditions that require immediate resolution.
If the protruding organ becomes pinched, the blood supply can be interrupted — this is called a strangulated hernia. A restricted blood supply can cause gangrene and cell death within six hours, so extremely tender hernias should always be treated as potential surgical emergencies, especially if accompanied by nausea, vomiting, or an inability to have a bowel movement or pass gas. Every hernia can potentially become strangulated, so if you suspect that you may have a hernia of any severity, we recommend you make an appointment with Surgical Specialists of Carolina for a thorough evaluation.
Providing minimally invasive hernia relief to Asheville and Hendersonville.
After diagnosing your hernia through a physical exam or ultrasound, Dr. Mason will explain your options in-depth and recommend next steps. If the two of you agree that surgical hernia repair is your best option, we will schedule your procedure. Laparoscopic hernia surgery has an established history of success, and Dr. Mason provides the skill and compassion necessary to make your experience a smooth one. Most people recover in under two weeks, and the surgery itself is fairly straightforward:
- General anesthesia – You’ll be asleep for the short procedure.
- Microincisions – A few incisions only 5-10 mm wide, which require only a stitch or two.
- Dr. Mason will carefully pull the protruding organ back through the weakened or torn tissue.
- He’ll then cover the “hole” in the tissue with a mesh to prevent your hernia from returning.
A hiatal hernia may be contributing to your GERD.
Your diaphragm is the large, flat muscle that divides your abdomen and chest. For reasons that aren’t quite known, the upper portion of the stomach can protrude through the hole in your diaphragm meant to allow the esophagus to connect to the stomach (called the “hiatus”). Hiatal hernias are most common in people over 50 and can cause GERD symptoms. If you’ve developed a hiatal hernia, Dr. Mason can pull the upper portion of your stomach back into the abdomen using minimally invasive laparoscopy.
For more information on hernia repair, or to schedule an appointment, call 828-585-2575. You can also request an appointment using our easy online form.