There are two main types of hernias: Hiatal ones, that happen in the stomach, and inguinal hernias, which occur in the groin. Abdominal wall weakness is a common cause of a hernia, though the family history of the condition can also lead to an individual developing a hernia. Likewise, injury, surgery, obesity, and pregnancy can all cause hernias, with the symptoms usually being painful swelling in the region of a hernia.
The most typical way to treat hernias is through surgery, which involves the re-positioning of the tissue or organ that has come out of place and the repair the tear in the abdominal wall. Surgery is recommended to avoid potentially dangerous complications, especially in the case of inguinal hernias, as these types of injuries can often result in strangulation if a loop of intestine wraps tightly around a hernia itself. This can lead to blood flow being cut off to that portion of the intestine.
There are two main forms of hernia surgeries: traditional “open” surgeries where a surgeon will open up the patient or laparoscopic surgeries where a “keyhole” incision is made before inserting long instruments and a camera to conduct the surgery with minimal invasion into the body cavity. Both are effective, but depending on the type of a hernia you have one type of procedure might be more appropriate than others.
Risks and Complications
There are risks inherent in any surgical procedure. In cases where a patient needs to be placed under general anesthesia, complications such as adverse reactions to medications or the development of labored breathing are possible. However, the most common risks in hernia surgery include the return of a hernia after several years.
For every 100 surgeries performed, anywhere from 1 to 10 hernias will return after a period of around five years on average. However, there are some ways to reduce this risk, especially if a surgical mesh is used to provide additional support for the weakened muscles in the abdominal wall that originally led to a hernia in the first place. Other ways to reduce the occurrence of complications is to ensure the surgeon performing the procedure is sufficiently experienced, especially in the case of laparoscopic surgeries.
Hernia Surgery Malpractice
Unfortunately, in some cases, patients may be inadvertently injured during a hernia surgery. These incidents could lead to the kinds of damage that might require additional surgical procedures to remedy, which more than just inconveniences the patient – it could result in missed work while the subsequent surgeries heal or additional pain and suffering in the patient. In such cases, it may be appropriate to seek compensation by bringing a malpractice lawsuit against the medical personnel that led you to experience the additional injury.
If you feel that you may have a viable case for medical malpractice after a hernia surgery, contact a law firm or an attorney with the skills and expertise needed to represent your interests. Choosing a lawyer with the experience to know what constituted medical negligence and what doesn’t means that you won’t have your time wasted if your case doesn’t rise to the threshold necessary to prove medical malpractice. However, if your case does so, you may have a good chance to win compensation as a result.