Recurrent Hernias (Incisional & Inguinal) Repair in NYC

If a hernia bulge returns to the area where it was first discovered after your hernia repair surgery, you may have a recurring hernia. To permanently heal your hernia, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Reiner in NYC. Dr. Reiner is a highly experienced hernia repair surgeon and a Professor of Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Dr. Reiner is able to effectively treat both recurrent incisional hernias and recurrent inguinal hernias so you can return to a pain-free life without having to worry about your hernia returning.

What is a recurring hernia?

If a hernia returns after you have had hernia repair surgery, it is known as a recurring hernia. When this happens, the hernia’s bulge comes back to the same area of the body where it was first discovered and often results in even more complications than the first hernia. To avoid this problem, it is important to make sure you undergo any hernia procedures with a knowledgeable and highly experienced hernia surgeon, such as Dr. Mark Reiner in New York City.

What are the different types of recurring hernias?

A recurrent hernia can occur on the site of a prior surgical procedure, known as a recurrent incisional hernia, or can occur in the inner groin, known as a recurrent inguinal hernia. Both of these conditions can have serious health consequences and can be life-threatening when left untreated.

Recurrent Incisional Hernia

A recurrent incisional hernia occurs following a surgical procedure in the abdomen, which can cause a weakening in your abdominal wall. This can especially occur when the original repair was potentially done under tension and/or without a synthetic material to buttress the surgery. When this occurs, tissues or organs are able to push through the wall and create a bulge near the site of the original operation. The risk of potential entrapment of intra-abdominal contents is significantly higher, and therefore the patient is at greater risk of developing a potential surgical emergency.

Recurrent Inguinal Hernia

A recurrent inguinal hernia occurs due to a weakening in the groin muscle, which recurs even after surgical intervention. Inguinal hernias can occur in both men and women, and become more complex when they are recurring. The risk of emergency surgical intervention for an incarcerated hernia is significantly higher in a patient with a recurrent inguinal hernia.

How do I know if my hernia has come back?

If you suffer from any of the below symptoms of a recurrent hernia, contact your doctor for an accurate diagnosis and to discuss treatment options:

  • Swelling in the same location as the first hernia
  • Pain or a heavy feeling in the abdomen
  • Discomfort when lifting or bending over
  • Any associated new pain in the area with nausea and/or vomiting

If you discover that your hernia has returned and any of the following conditions occur, seek medical help immediately, as they may indicate a strangulated hernia:

  • The hernia will not push back in
  • You have nausea or vomiting
  • You have intense pain in the hernia area

How can I prevent my hernia from recurring?

Your risk of suffering from a recurring hernia to a large degree is dependent upon your surgeon’s surgical experience performing hernia surgery. To avoid recurring hernias, make sure that you know your surgeon’s experience level and have discussed your risk of having a recurring hernia with your doctor.

How is a recurring hernia treated?

If you experience signs that your hernia has come back, or have experienced a hernia that has recurred numerous times, it is important to speak with an expert in hernia surgery, who can give you the best recommendation for treatment. Dr. Mark Reiner in New York City is a renowned hernia surgeon who has performed over 2,500 laparoscopic hernia surgeries and can help you determine the best treatment plan for your recurring hernia.

If you are suffering from a recurring hernia, the first step to improving your health and getting back to your regular pain-free life is to schedule a consultation with an experienced hernia doctor. Dr. Mark Reiner is a top surgeon in the field of minimally invasive hernia repair, and has performed thousands of successful hernia operations. Contact Dr. Reiner today by calling 212.879.6677 or filling out the form on this page.

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