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7 questions to ask before having inguinal hernia surgery

1. Are my symptoms really hernia symptoms or something else? It’s important to ask your hernia surgeon if they are sure that your symptoms are from a hernia and not a muscle strain.  Muscle strains often mimic hernia symptoms. When this happens, the hernia doctor will not feel a bulge during the office visit.  Having […]

The Importance of Hernia Outcomes Research in Inguinal Hernia Surgery

Hernia Recurrence Outcome What is the real recurrence rate for inguinal hernia surgery?  What are hernia outcomes that are important to patients? As an inguinal hernia surgery care team, we try to find out what is important to our patients and educate them about our outcomes. One hernia outcome measure that is widely used and […]

Is swelling after hernia surgery normal?

Swelling after inguinal hernia surgery or umbilical hernia surgery is quite common. Most of the time, swelling after hernia surgery is normal and not a sign of a problem. The most common reason for swelling is the body’s normal response to surgery. In the beginning phases of healing, the body produces extra fluid that helps […]

Measuring Inguinal Hernia Outcomes to Reduce Opioid Prescribing by 300%

Improving inguinal hernia outcomes by measuring quality: We constantly look at ways to improve the care we provide our patients. We tirelessly work to improve our patients’ experience throughout the entire process – from initial call to final postoperative visit. This occasionally includes small changes to the actual procedures we perform and the medications we […]

When does hernia surgery become an emergency?

Most inguinal hernia repairs are considered elective procedures. However, there is always a chance that a hernia could become strangulated, leading to emergency hernia surgery. An inguinal hernia occurs when there is a weakness or defect in the abdominal wall that allows the contents of the abdominal cavity to protrude outside. The majority of these […]

Hernia Truss for Conservative Management

Inguinal hernias occur when a weakness or defect in the abdominal wall allows a piece of intestine to pop out of the abdominal cavity. Symptoms commonly associated with hernias include pain, discomfort, pressure, or a bulge in the groin area. Unfortunately, hernias do not go away on their own; surgical intervention is the definitive treatment. […]

Saving cost and surgical time with open umbilical hernia repair

Interesting article in General Surgery News shows open umbilical hernia repair saves both time spent in the operating room and money when compared to laparoscopic umbilical hernia repair. Both of these repairs have similar outcomes such as recurrence and infection. Dr. Reinhorn exclusively performs open umbilical hernia repairs. Check out the article HERE. As healthcare […]

Local Anesthesia for the Advanced Open Preperitoneal Hernia Repair

Most advanced preperitoneal inguinal hernia repairs can be done under local anesthesia with sedation, also called Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC). This involves sedation with IV medication plus injections of numbing medication into the inguinal hernia surgical site. The IV medications administered as a part of MAC will make you very relaxed and sleepy. They will […]

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear About Mesh

Mesh has been used in inguinal hernia repairs for over 70 years and has been considered the gold standard of care for the past 30 years. The use of mesh in surgical procedures has developed a bad reputation over the years due to frequent commercials for lawyer services for patients who have undergone surgery with […]