Complex hernia repair is a surgical procedure performed to treat a hernia that has become complex, due to failure of previous and repeated surgical attempts to close the hole in the abdominal wall. There are various techniques used. The treatment that best fits your needs and expectations can be further discussed with your surgeon during your consultation.
- Improve appearance and self esteem
- Restore abdominal wall shape and function
- Improve midsection function and strength
Patients considering complex hernia repair should be in good health and have realistic expectations. Patients who smoke, have high blood pressure that is not under control, have blood disorders or take blood thinners, such as Aspirin, Coumadin or Plavix, may experience higher risk of healing problems.
Most patients tolerate the procedure well and are able to go home the same or in a few days depending on the type of procedure used to address their hernia and their overall health. Medications for pain and nausea to be taken by mouth are routinely prescribed. Some bruising and swelling are expected but are generally well tolerated and improve over several days. Strenuous exercises and lifting heavy objects should be avoided for 8 weeks. An abdominal binder should be used for several weeks after surgery to help with healing.
All patients considering elective surgery should abstain from smoking, including secondhand smoke and avoid any nicotine containing products, both before and after surgery. Dr. Ziakas strongly advises all his patients to quit smoking for good. All patients are advised to use a good quality sunscreen when outdoors (minimum SPF 30) to minimize the hazardous effects of sun radiation on the incisions and the rest of the skin. The majority of patients are able to return to their routine activities in about a month.
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