Bergen Bariatric and Surgical Solutions P.C.
Mikhail A Botvinov, DO, MD
Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery located in Bergen county, Westwood, NJ
Hernias are a common condition, especially if you frequently engage in strenuous activities. If your hernia is causing pain, it’s important that you have it evaluated by Mikhail Botvinov, DO, MD, at Bergen Bariatric and Surgical Solutions P.C. No matter how your hernia develops, the medical team offers solutions, including hernia surgery, to repair the hernia and eliminate your symptoms. Schedule a hernia evaluation today by calling the office in Westwood, New Jersey, or using the convenient online booking tool.
Hernia Surgery Q & A
What is a hernia?
A hernia is a condition that develops when your muscular wall becomes weak or damaged, allowing your abdominal organs to push through.
There are several types of hernia, each can cause a noticeable bulge in the affected area and may become painful or disruptive to your usual activities.
The Bergen Bariatric and Surgical Solutions P.C. team offers diagnosis and treatment of several types of hernias including:
- Inguinal hernia
- Umbilical hernia
- Incisional hernia
- Femoral hernia
What causes a hernia?
A common cause of a hernia is strenuous activity, especially the improper lifting of heavy objects. For some, hernias develop due to structure defects in the muscle wall or for no reason at all.
You may also get a hernia due to:
- Poor diet
- Enlarged prostate
- Persistent coughing
- Straining during urination or bowel movement
Being overweight, getting older, and pregnancy can also increase your risk of developing a hernia.
What treatments are available for hernias?
To determine the best course of treatment for a hernia, Dr. Botvinov performs a physical exam of the location and severity of your hernia.
In some cases, such as when you have no symptoms, Dr. Botvinov may take a wait-and-see approach. However, hernias that cause obstructions, pain, or interfere with your health may need surgical intervention as soon as possible.
When do I need hernia surgery?
Hernias don’t heal on their own, and they only get larger over time. They can lead to serious complications if left untreated. Dr. Botvinov may recommend hernia surgery if you have:
- An incarcerated hernia, when the tissue becomes trapped and can’t move back in place
- A strangulated hernia, when the hernia is cutting off blood supply
An incarcerated hernia can lead to a strangulated hernia, a life-threatening conditioning that requires surgery. Dr. Botvinov offers minimally invasive surgical techniques, including laparoscopy, to repair the damage in your muscle wall and reposition the protruding organs and tissue.
During your hernia surgery, Dr. Botvinov repairs the hernia and removes any damaged tissue if necessary. He administers local or general anesthesia so you won’t feel any pain.
Afterward, you can go home the same day, but make sure to follow Dr. Botvinov’s post-surgery instructions, such as avoiding heavy lifting. You return to the office two weeks later for a follow-up appointment with Dr. Botvinov so he can make sure you’re healing properly.
If you develop a noticeable bulge in your abdomen, groin, or thigh, don’t delay a medical evaluation. You can schedule an appointment today by calling the office or using the online booking feature.