BARIATRIC SURGERY AND HERNIA REPAIR
We are well-equipped to perform all sorts of complicated surgical procedures at MAYCLINIK. This means state-of-the-art bariatric surgery with the focus on being as minimally invasive as possible. However, this also means more unique surgical techniques that can incorporate various surgical approaches to meet more complex patient needs. Patients who require bariatric surgery often face hernia-related problems. We would like to discuss the details of hernias. We will then explore simultaneous surgery with a weight-loss operation as well as hernias that occur after a weight loss procedure has been performed.
Hernia refers to the exit of an organ through the wall of a cavity in which the organ is usually situated. The most common hernias are around the groin and are known as inguinal hernias. Heavy lifting, physical damage to the abdominal region, extreme coughing fits, and bad posture are the most common causes of hernia. Hernias appear to affect males rather than females; hernias of the groin are more common before age 1 and after age 50.
Signs of Hernias
Hernia signs are present in nearly two-thirds of cases, regardless of the type of hernia. These include the following:
- Swelling around the abdomen and groin
- Burning sensation around the bulge
- Heavy feeling in the abdomen
- Blood in stool
- Pain when lifting, coughing, or bending over
Hernia repair usually involves repositioning the out-of-place organ and using a surgical mesh to help heal the weakened tissue wall.
Repairing Hernia While Bariatric Surgery
Simultaneous hernia repair and bariatric surgery can be performed. However, this should be considered only under such cases. Usually, one operation may proceed with the other depending on the current health and medical conditions of the patient.
Risks and Benefits
The primary advantage of simultaneous bariatric surgery and hernia repair is that all the work required can be done in one surgery rather than multiple surgeries. The main risk of simultaneous surgery is that there is a higher likelihood of infection and more complications. During a consultation, we will decide if simultaneous surgery is the best choice for you and your needs.
Hernias After Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery can often lead to problems with the wall of the stomach, resulting in a hernia. Similar symptoms as noted above would be present if this happens. As you recover from bariatric surgery, be sure to let your surgeon know about any pressure, bulge, or other problems that affect your health and recovery. Should a hernia develop, hernia repair can be performed? Revision bariatric surgery can also be considered if there are other complications linked to a hernia that also affect the efficacy or viability of the initial weight loss operation.