Hernias are a common and often debilitating condition. Fortunately, surgical repair offers relief and a chance for a better quality of life. In fact, more than one million hernia repair surgeries are conducted each year.
If you’re scheduled for surgery or recently had hernia surgery, it’s understandable for you to be concerned about the possibility of hernia recurrence.
At Lakeland Surgical Clinic, PLLC, located in Jackson, Mississippi, our surgical team has vast experience repairing all types of hernias at our dedicated Hernia Center. Our team offers the following information regarding the factors contributing to recurrence and the proactive measures you can take to minimize this risk.
When hernias recur
Hernia surgery, whether for inguinal, umbilical, ventral, or any other type, is usually highly successful in repairing the hernia and relieving the associated discomfort.
Even after a successful hernia surgery, hernia recurrence is possible. Recurrence means the hernia comes back in the same location or develops in a nearby area. According to recent data, about one in every six people who’ve had hernia surgery experience a recurrence within 10 years.
Factors contributing to hernia recurrence
Several factors contribute to hernia recurrence. Some of these factors are within your control, while others are not:
Modern minimally invasive approaches, such as laparoscopic surgery, boast lower recurrence rates when compared to open surgery. But, if your case requires open surgery – you have a greater risk of recurrence.
Most hernia repairs involve surgical mesh to strengthen the weakened area and reduce the risk of recurrence. The type of mesh used and its proper placement are critical factors.
Proper healing of the incision and the surrounding tissues is essential to prevent recurrence. Factors like infection, diabetes, smoking, and poor nutrition can impair the healing process. Ensure you follow all post-operative instructions to care for the surgical site in the days and weeks following your hernia repair surgery.
Following surgery, comply with any restrictions on lifting heavy objects or engaging in strenuous physical activity. Ignoring these instructions can increase the risk of recurrence.
Underlying health conditions
Certain medical conditions, such as obesity, chronic coughing, or chronic constipation, can place extra stress on the abdominal muscles and increase the risk of hernia recurrence. Get medical help to manage the underlying condition that could be contributing to your hernia.
Preventing hernia recurrence
Minimizing the risk of hernia recurrence begins with selecting an experienced surgical team, like the one at Lakeland Surgical Clinic, PLLC. We use the latest techniques and technologies. After your surgery, take the following steps to promote a successful outcome:
Carefully follow your discharge instructions
Adhering to our recommendations regarding rest, activity restrictions, and wound care helps you heal.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Eating a balanced diet, staying physically active (within recommended limits), and addressing any underlying health issues can improve your chances of a successful recovery.
Schedule and attend follow-up appointments
Regular follow-up appointments with our team allow us to monitor your progress and detect any signs of hernia recurrence early.
Communicate with our office
If you experience any unusual discomfort, pain, or changes in your surgical site, do not hesitate to contact Lakeland Surgical Clinic, PLLC. Early intervention can make a significant difference in preventing recurrence.
If you need initial hernia surgery or suspect a hernia recurrence, contact Lakeland Surgical Clinic, PLLC. Call today or use the online tool to schedule your appointment.