Ravikumar Brahmbhatt, MD, FACS
General Surgery and Advanced Robotic Surgery & General Surgery located in Edison, NJ & Jersey City, NJ
Anyone can develop a hernia, which is when an organ or body part pushes out through the muscle or fat that contains it. Because hernias don’t usually get better over time, surgery is usually recommended. Ravikumar Brahmbhatt, MD, at RR Surgical Associates is a member of the Americas Hernia Society and is an expert at hernia repair. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Brahmbhatt, call the Edison or Jersey City, New Jersey, office or use the online booking button today.
Hernia Q & A
What is a hernia?
A hernia occurs when a portion of an organ, usually your intestines, pushes out through an opening in your muscle or fat. Most hernias occur in the abdominal area, which is Dr. Brahmbhatt’s area of expertise.
Certain activities increase your risk of developing a hernia, including:
- Pulling or lifting a heavy load
- Straining while urinating or having a bowel movement
- Prolonged standing
However, some people can develop a hernia due to a congenital defect that causes a weakness in the muscles.
What are the types of hernias?
There are many different types of hernias. Some of the most common include:
Both men and women can develop an inguinal hernia, which is when part of your intestines or fatty tissue pokes through a weakened muscle in your groin above your thigh. Inguinal hernias are the most common.
An umbilical hernia occurs at your belly button and can be your intestines or fatty tissue that pokes through your muscle.
Like the inguinal hernia, a femoral hernia develops above the thigh. These types hernias are uncommon and usually develop in older women.
A hiatal hernia is when part of your stomach pushes into your chest cavity through an opening in your diaphragm.
Other, less-common types of hernias include:
- Incisional hernia
- Recurrent hernia
- Spigelian hernia
- Suprapubic hernia
No matter the location or type, Dr. Brahmbhatt can repair your hernia.
How do I know if I have a hernia?
You might notice a lump or bulge in your abdominal region that could indicate you have a hernia. Dr. Brahmbhatt must conduct an examination to determine if your bulge is, in fact, a hernia.
How are hernias repaired?
Dr. Brahmbhatt is an expert surgeon who uses a number of techniques to repair your hernia. Common surgical procedures include:
- Laparoscopic hernia repair
- Robotic hernia repair
- Open surgical repair
Dr. Brahmbhatt prefers laparoscopic and robotic repair as it generally means a faster recovery and less risk. But the type of surgery necessary depends on the location of your hernia and your medical history.
Based on your unique medical needs, Dr. Brahmbhatt will create a personalized surgical plan for you and review it with you so you know what to expect before, during, and after your procedure.
For expert hernia repair, call RR Surgical Associates or schedule an appointment online today.