Inguinal hernias

Dr. Josh Roller, Dr. Yong Kwon, Dr. Jaime Dutton, and Dr. Jessica Pries specialize in using minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat hernia-related disorders. Inguinal hernias, a common type of hernia (especially in men), presents as a bulge in the groin that becomes more prominent while coughing, straining, or rising to stand.

Hiatal hernias

Dr. Roller, Dr. Kwon, Dr. Jaime Dutton, and Dr. Pries also specialize in hiatal hernia surgery. A hiatal hernia is the protrusion of the upper part of the stomach into the thorax through a tear or weakness in the diaphragm and is more commonly found in morbidly obese individuals.

Sports hernia

Sports or activities that involve planting the feet and twisting with maximum exertion can cause a tear in the soft tissue called a “sports hernia.” It’s most commonly found in football players. A sports hernia is a painful soft tissue injury that usually affects the oblique muscles in the lower abdomen or groin area. 

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What is laparoscopic hernia repair?

Older surgical techniques for hernia repair involved placing a longer incision, and due to the level of tissue trauma, required a longer recovery. Laparoscopic hernia repair is a less invasive technique. Three or four small incisions are placed through which a laparoscope (thin tube with a tiny camera on the end) is placed within the body, guiding the surgical procedure with images transmitted to a monitor. The surgical tools are placed through the other incisions, and the is hernia repaired. 

What to expect during the procedure

Advanced laparoscopic hernia repair is performed with the patient under general anesthesia and does not lead to pain or discomfort.

While under anesthesia, the area is inflated with harmless CO2 gas for better visibility of the inner structures.

The surgical instruments are then inserted into the area through tiny incisions, including the camera, surgical graspers, and scissors, which are used to correct the hernia. Surgical mesh is placed and secured to hold the repaired area in place. After becoming alert after the surgery, the patient is released to return home to rest and recover.

What is the recovery time?

The recovery after advanced laparoscopic hernia repair is generally one to two weeks to ensure the tissues have fully healed. Thankfully, pain and discomfort are typically far less than is experienced with older techniques. It’s important to engage in gentle walks to increase circulation and speed the healing process. Eat healthy foods including fruit and vegetables, avoid alcohol, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, and follow all aftercare instructions to ensure a fast recovery. 

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Why choose Roller Weight Loss & Advanced Surgery for hernia repair?

Our team of board-certified surgeons are all fellowship trained and have extensive experience performing advanced laparoscopic hernia repairs for hiatal, lingual, and sports-related hernias. We are honored to be recognized as being among the best surgeons serving the areas of Tulsa, Lafayette, Fort Smith, and beyond.

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