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What are the best hernia treatment options?

A hernia is a painful condition that occurs when an organ protrudes through a weak spot in the muscle lining of the abdominal cavity or groin. There are many things that can cause a hernia – from pregnancy to obesity to constipation. But one of the most common triggers for a hernia is heavy lifting or other physical exertion that puts strain on the body.

 In today’s post, we examine four common treatments for this condition:

Laparoscopic procedure

This is the least invasive hernia treatment option – with shorter recovery time and less scarring. It involves making several small incisions in the affected area, then inflating the abdomen with carbon dioxide in order for the surgeon to repair the wound using a laparoscope. While this procedure has its advantages, not all patients will be eligible for it – including those with a large hernia or with adhesions from a previous operation.

Open approach

An open procedure involves making a single incision to repair the hernia using mesh. Patients who have large or multiple hernias – as well as those who have adhesions from prior operations – may be good candidates for this procedure.

Reconstructive surgery

This surgery involves repairing any weak points in the muscle wall that caused the hernia to occur. This type of surgery is a bit more involved and may require a component separation – which will reconnect the separated parts of muscle.

Mesh repair

Mesh may be used in a variety of hernia procedures to aid in healing, to help strengthen the affected area and to prevent hernias from recurring. With this approach, surgical mesh is laid across the affected area of the abdomen or groin and affixed with sutures.

What if my hernia prevents me from working?

As noted above, there are many reasons that an individual may become afflicted with a hernia. If the condition arose from a work-related activity, then the employee may be entitled to workers’ compensation. If the condition was not work related, the individual may still be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. An attorney experienced in both areas of the law can be useful in helping qualifying individuals get the benefits they deserve.