Houston Hernia Center is now one of the largest surgical practices in the country to focus on hernia repair; many hernias are now repaired successfully within 30 minutes in outpatient procedures. There are no sutures to remove after the procedure.
Traditional hernia repair surgery involves making an incision in the abdomen, pushing back any protruding tissue, and then stitching the tissue together to close the incision. Recovery time usually lasts about 4-6 weeks, and there is a 10-15 percent chance that the hernia will recur. This type of tension repair is not recommended for adults.
Non-Tension repair using a synthetic mesh device. In some cases, a section of flat polypropylene mesh is sutured over the hernia on the outer layer of the abdominal wall.
In the procedure involving the mesh device, known as the PROLENE® HERNIA SYSTEM, surgeons insert the device right through the abdominal wall at the site of direct or indirect inguinal hernias. The inside section of the mesh device is positioned to lie flat against the inner abdominal muscle wall, and is held in place by the natural pressure of the abdomen. Minimal suturing is used to secure the outer section of mesh in place on the outside of the abdominal muscle wall. The high tissue compatibility of PROLENE® mesh enables tissue ingrowth for fast healing.
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"With newer treatment options we can now repair a hernia using an outpatient procedure that is generally faster and less invasive than traditional surgical procedures," explains Dr. Garza. "Following treatment, hernia patients can now return home the same day and resume many normal activities in a matter of days."
A hernia is a weakness or tear in the abdominal muscles that allows fatty tissue or an organ such as the intestines to protrude through the muscle tissue. Hernias most often occur in or around the groin, abdomen, and navel or near previous sites of abdominal surgery. A hernia will generally increase in size and become more painful if left untreated, and can also lead to more serious, life-threatening complications.
"In the past, patients often spent weeks or even months recovering from hernia repair surgery. Houston Hernia Center is committed to being a leader in hernia repair to make sure that patients learn about and have access to all of the most advanced treatment options. Our goal is to get them back to their regular routine faster and with less discomfort," adds Dr. Garza.
The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that about 5 million people in the U.S. have an abdominal hernia. Hernia repair is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the U.S. More than 750,000 people seek treatment for hernias each year.
Marketed by ETHICON® Products, a division of ETHICON® INC., a Johnson & Johnson® company, PROLENE Hernia System® has been available since 1997 and is indicated for the repair of inguinal (direct & indirect) hernia defects. PROLENE Hernia System® may require removal if used in contaminated wounds. The device, if used in infants or children with future growth potential, will not stretch significantly as the patient grows. The PROLENE Hernia System® should be shaped and fixed in accordance with instructions for use accompanying the product. Potential adverse reactions include those typically associated with surgically implanted materials, such as infection potentiation, inflammation, adhesion formation, fistula formation, and extrusion. For full prescribing information, see package insert.