Hernia Repair in Houston

UT MIST can diagnose and treat any hernia issue.

There are few main options for hernia repair:
1.    Open Repair:  Traditional hernia surgery through a large incision is a method that has been used for more than 100 years.  There are 5-10 different approaches that are performed routinely with local anesthesia, intravenous sedation spinal anesthesia, or general anesthesia.  Due to the larger size of the incision, open hernia repair is generally painful with a relatively long recovery period.

2.    Minimally Invasive (Laparoscopic) Repair:  Minimally invasive (laparoscopic) repair has been developed over the past two decades.  It is usually performed under general anesthesia.   With minimally invasive surgical techniques, the surgeons use small access tubes and rods with delicate instruments which are inserted into the surgical site through a small opening in the skin, which minimizes discomfort, improves accuracy, and offers faster recovery with less pain and fewer complications.

male patient suffering from hernia

In laparoscopic hernia surgery, a (long telescopic) camera is inserted through a small incision.  Two other small cuts are made (each no larger than the diameter of pencil eraser) in the lower abdomen. The hernia defect is reinforced with “mesh” (synthetic material made from a variety of materials: plastic, polyester, Gore-Tex, and absorbable material) and secured in position with stitches, staples, titanium tacks, and/or tissue glue.

3.    Robotically-assisted, Minimally Invasive (Laparoscopic) Repair:  At the heart of our robotic assisted surgery is the advanced da Vinci® robotic system, which allows surgeons to conduct surgeries more accurately than ever before.  Using a computer monitor, surgeons can guide the instruments into extremely small spaces using a 3D camera, leaving the surrounding tissues untouched.