A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through the weakened tissue or muscle that holds it in place. Hernias can happen anywhere in the body, but the most typical sites are the groin (inguinal hernia), the belly button (umbilical hernia), and stomach (ventral hernia). A hernia may develop quickly or over time as excess strain is placed on a weak muscle. Risk factors for a hernia include a family history of hernias, obesity, chronic coughing, chronic constipation, heavy weight lifting, and smoking. Hernias can cause a visible bulge as well as pain, weakness, and a burning sensation. While smaller hernias may be treated with lifestyle changes or medication, surgery is usually needed for larger hernias or patients who are in pain. At Arizona Premier Surgery, we perform minimally invasive laparoscopic hernia repair surgery for a faster recovery.
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"Dr. Amini is GREAT. I was in California last year on vacation and my Gallbladder blew. I had to get off Catalina Island and was sent to UCI Irvine where they did surgery New Years Eve. The surgeon told me after that she could not do it laparoscopically because of adhesions and so it was an open surgery. Even then she said she could only take part of the gallbladder as it was too infected to do much else. I had to have an ERCP the next day due to a bile leak they had to put a stent in. I kept having troubles after I was released and sent back home. My husband found Dr Amini because of his specialty. I was told in California they took most of the gallbladder but every CT scan that was done here showed a full gallbladder. I don't think they did anything but drain it. Dr. Amini took my case was very patient with me and when he did the surgery, he did it laparoscopically with 3 small incisions. He took down all the adhesions from my previous messed up surgery with Mayo and now UCI. Then he removed the gallbladder totally. He said i was 90% in tact. I am so happy surgery was a complete success and I am 2 weeks post op and I feel great have been walking 5 miles a day and ready to start playing tennis. You would be lucky to have a surgeon like Dr. Amini. He knows his stuff!!"- S.M. / Yelp / Dec 14, 2017
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"I was referred to Dr Vazquez by my Endocrinologist because of the fast growing nodules on my thyroid. Knowing she worked at Mayo Clinic, I had a really good feeling going in. We first met her at the consultation & were immediately impressed with the thorough information she gave us. She made sure we did not have any further questions regarding surgery before letting us go. It was really nice to have an option as to where the surgery would take place. She came to see me in pre-op right before surgery to let my family know how long to expect the surgery to be & ensure we had no further questions. My scar from surgery is barely visible. So much so, that when I went for post-surgery, her nurse had to do a double take. Not only a terrific surgeon, this lady has drive & thrives to be above & beyond any expectations of her patients. We definitely need more doctors like Dr Vazquez!!! Terrific lady!!!"- N.W. / Google / Dec 04, 2017
"I met Dr. Amini when I was told I had to have my appendix removed that same night in the ER when I went in for abdominal pain. His bed side manner, patience and explaining the whole surgery and answering all questions my mom and I had was beyond excellent. My surgery went very well with no complications. He is extremely thorough. After seeing him in his office after surgery my opinion of him still stands. He's an amazing surgeon, very kind, assuring, compassionate and his patient care is outstanding. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need! Thank you Dr. Amini for taking such great care of me!"- A.M. / Google / Nov 20, 2017
Common Reasons for Surgery
Inguinal (groin) hernias
Inguinal hernias account for about 70% of all hernias and occur more typically in men. The inguinal canal is in the groin and holds up either the testicles or uterus. If the canal does not close properly after a man's testicles descend, this weakens the area and makes it prone to hernias.
Umbilical (belly button) hernias
Umbilical hernias occur in babies under 6 months old when the intestines create a bulge near the belly button. If an umbilical hernia has not corrected itself by the time the child is 1 year old, surgery is typically performed.
Ventral or Incisional (abdominal wall) hernias
Ventral hernias can occur anywhere in the abdominal wall. Many ventral hernias are caused when a healed incision from a previous surgery causes weakened abdominal muscles and tissue. A ventral hernia may also be caused by a congenital defect that causes the walls of the stomach to be extremely thin.
About Hernia Repair Surgery
A laparoscopic hernia repair may be performed with local or general anesthesia depending on the size and location of the hernia, but most take about 1 hour. Once the patient is ready, the surgeon will make a 3 – 4-inch incision near the hernia and insert the laparoscope so the surgeon can see and repair the hernia. The hernia may be repaired with surgical mesh or sutures to strengthen the muscle or tissue and prevent the hernia from re-occurrence. Compared to traditional open hernia repair surgery, laparoscopic hernia repair typically causes less pain and recovery time for the patient, as well as improved results.
What to Expect
Most patients will be able to have their laparoscopic hernia repair surgery on an outpatient basis, so they will be observed for a few hours before they are released to recover in the comfort of their own home. Patients may feel sore for 1 – 2 days after their surgery, but are encouraged to walk as soon as possible after surgery to improve their blood flow for faster healing. Most patients will be able to perform their normal activities within 2 - 3 weeks of surgery, but should hold off on exercise or strenuous activity until cleared by their doctor. Patients should schedule a follow-up appointment with their doctor about 2 weeks after their surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Advanced Surgical Care
When performed by a skilled, experienced surgeon like the board-certified surgeons at Arizona Premier Surgery, laparoscopic hernia repair is very safe and effective. If lifestyle changes and medication are not relieving the pain and symptoms of your hernia, schedule a consultation to learn more about laparoscopic hernia repair surgery for a faster recovery and relief.