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Hernia Repair Specialist

Henry E Martinez, MD -  - Breast and General Surgeon

Lake Jackson Surgical Clinic

Henry E Martinez, MD

Breast and General Surgeon & Laparoscopic Surgeon located in Lake Jackson, TX

At least 3 million American adults experience a hernia every year. If you’re one of them, there’s good news: expert surgeon Henry Martinez, MD, offers hernia repairs at Lake Jackson Surgical Clinic. After hernia repair, you can live a normal, healthy, life without discomfort or pain. Call the Lake Jackson, Texas, office or book your consultation with Dr. Martinez using online scheduling today.

Hernia Repair Q & A

What is a hernia?

A hernia is an organ that protrudes through the muscles or other tissues (fascia) that normally help keep it in position. Hernias don’t always cause symptoms, but they often cause a bulge, discomfort, aching, or pain in your abdomen or groin.

What type of hernia do I have?

There are many types of hernias, including: 

Inguinal hernia

An inguinal hernia occurs when your bladder or intestine pushes into either your abdominal wall or the inguinal canal within your groin. It's most common among men.

Femoral hernia

A femoral hernia is the result of your intestine pushing out to the groin or upper thigh area. It's most common among women.

Hiatal hernia

A hiatal hernia occurs when the top part of your stomach protrudes through the small opening where your esophagus and stomach connect. This pushes your stomach into your chest cavity. 

Incisional hernia

An incisional hernia results when part of your intestine protrudes in the area of an incision. This can occur in sedentary patients following abdominal surgery. 

Umbilical hernia

Umbilical hernias mainly affect newborns but can also happen in adults. Among adults, it's most common in women after multiple childbirths. It happens when a portion of the small intestine moves through the abdominal wall around your navel. 

Many types of hernia require surgery to restore normal function and end symptoms. 

How does hernia repair work?

At Lake Jackson Surgical Clinic, Dr. Martinez typically performs open hernia repair. This means that he makes a 2- to 4-inch incision above your hernia, and then returns the herniated organ to its proper position. 

Next, Dr. Martinez repairs and reinforces the weakened tissue where the organ protruded. Typically, he places prosthetic mesh in the area to reduce the chance of hernia recurrence and encourage healing. 

In some cases, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery might be possible for hernia repair. Dr. Martinez always recommends the surgical approach that’s best suited for your specific needs. 

What is recovery like after hernia repair surgery?

Most patients can return home the day of their hernia repair surgery. The exact recovery time depends on what type of hernia you had, whether you had open or laparoscopic surgery, and other individual factors. 

In general, recovery can take 1-6 weeks. Dr. Martinez helps you recover in the most efficient way and with the least amount of downtime possible. 

If you suspect a hernia, don’t wait to get the hernia repair surgery that ends your symptoms for good. Call Lake Jackson Surgical Clinic or schedule an appointment online.