Complex GI / Hernia / Reconstruction

Hernias And Treatment Options We Provide in Riverside, CA

When tissue or a part of an internal organ pushes through an area of muscle that’s become weakened, it’s’ known as a hernia. The majority of hernias occur in our abdomen but can occur in other parts of the body as well. Dr. Harvey Nurick and the team at Nurick Surgical Institute provide advanced surgical techniques for addressing concerns involving hernias. Hernia surgery may be simple or may involve complex reconstruction methods to address symptoms and restore pain-free health.

Our expert surgeons specialize in repairing hernias using MI (minimally invasive) techniques. These procedures include laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgery. Component separations and abdominal walls are available for reconstructions for more complex hernias.  

  • Inguinal hernias – Hernias occurring in the groin
  • Femoral hernias –  Found in the upper thigh
  • Umbilical hernias – Herniation occurring in the belly button
  • Ventral hernias – These hernias develop in the abdominal muscles
  • Incisional hernias – These are another type of abdominal hernia
  • Flank hernias – Another type of abdominal hernia
  • Parastomal hernias – Herniation occurring at a urostomy, colostomy, or ileostomy site.

It’s essential that hernia treatment occurs quickly. A herniation will not recover on its own and will often require a surgical approach to address. The presence of complex or large hernias often has a higher risk of infection due to the treatment steps necessary. Dr. Harvey Nurick will help select the appropriate treatment for your hernia, ensuring a reduced risk of complication and recurrence of herniation.

Identifying the presence of a hernia involves two different types of tests. The most common form of test is a physical exam and will be the first step in your assessment. During this test, Dr. Nurick will visually inspect the area, performing palpation (feeling) of the suspected hernia to learn more. A complete medical history will be taken at this time as well.

Imaging tests, typically CT scans and ultrasounds, are also used to help identify the nature and severity of the hernia. These tests help pinpoint the hernia’s location, confirm its type and size, and help in planning treatment. Three basic types of surgery are performed to address concerns with hernias:

  • Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery – Small hernias can be addressed using this form of minimally invasive surgery. Small incisions are made to provide access to the affected area. A laparoscope will allow Dr. Nurick to see where he’s working, and small tools can be passed through the incisions.
  • Robot-assisted Hernia Surgery – Similar to laparoscopic surgery, this procedure uses the assistance of a surgical robot when more complex treatments are needed.
  • Component Separation – When a large abdominal wall hernia is present, component separation may be needed to address them. The muscles of the abdominal walls will be rearranged to eliminate the weak point where the hernia formed. This treatment is often effective at limiting the recurrence of complex hernias.

Lifestyle changes and support garments are other treatment methods that may be involved depending on the nature of your hernia.

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