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Lansdale, PA 19446
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Our mini-incision TENSION FREE procedure for Umbilical Hernias is done as an outpatient using mild sedation and local anesthesia (ie: Novocaine-like medication). Our patients are discharged shortly after the repair with minimal discomfort and virtually NO RESTRICTIONS. They can actually RETURN TO NORMAL ACTIVITY in 1-2 days including driving, work and even many sports activities.
Umbilical hernias are the second most common surgically treated hernias. They result from a defect, gap or opening in the abdominal wall muscle, directly beneath the umbilicus. As a result, the contents of the abdomen, including possibly the intestine, will protrude through this opening or defect creating a bulge at the umbilicus or navel. Generally, with time, these hernias enlarge, and may become problematic and painful. If intestine becomes trapped within the hernia, an emergency situation exists and urgent surgery is needed.
The surgery for UMBILICAL HERNIAS is rather straight-forward. At the North Penn Hernia Institute, surgery is generally performed SAFELY as an outpatient under local anesthesia, with sedation. Through a very small incision, generally just below the umbilicus, the abdominal contents are returned to their normal position, and the defect or opening securely closed via a tension free mesh technique. Mesh is used in these procedures in adults to permit a "Tension Free" repair with a resultant rapid recovery post-operatively. Recurrence is extremely rare. Repairs not using mesh, as was the standard in the past, and is frequently still performed in many areas are associated with a high rate of subsequent larger and more complex recurrent hernias. This is why we avoid tension in our repairs.
Patients at the NORTH PENN HERNIA INSTITUTE are discharged shortly after surgery with minimal discomfort. Restrictions post-operatively are minimal, thus allowing patients to return to Normal Activity in DAYS!! This also permits a rapid return to work and recreational activity as well.
We fully feel that our technique is not only the safest procedure available, but also associated with the least post-operative discomfort, most rapid return to normal activity and is associated with the lowest rate of recurrence when compared to the other techniques. We evaluate fully the anatomy of the hernia at the time of surgery. We strongly feel that a single operative technique is not necessarily suited for all hernias but that hernias may and often do vary significantly from patient to patient. We therefore use our experience and expertise to tailor our TENSION FREE surgical procedure to always provide our patients with a repair that is precisely customized to their particular hernia needs, and is the very best (Safest and most Effective) surgery for them.
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Hernia Surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures over 900,000 hernia repairs being performed annually. At the NORTH PENN HERNIA INSTITUTE, our surgeons, who are all Hernia Specialists perform hundreds of Hernia operations each year with over 1000 anticipated in 2004. While general surgeons often do hernia surgery as a small part of their large and busy practice, we firmly believe that the HERNIA SPECIALISTS offer their patients the safest and most effective surgical procedure available.
At North Penn Hernia Institute, our experience with both routine and complex Umbilical Hernias is extensive. The majority of our patients have surgery under local anesthesia, with sedation and are comfortably free of pain, including those having UMBILICAL HERNIA REPAIR. This avoids the added risks associated with general anesthesia (being put to sleep). In addition, since our patients are awake, they are up and "ambulatory", virtually pain free, shortly after surgery, and are discharged home usually within 1-2 hours, on the "Same Day".
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If you would consider having your hernia repaired here at the North Penn Hernia Institute, please feel free to contact us at :
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Surgery can be arranged on the same day as your initial consultation and examination to minimize your travel. Directions and local lodging availability can also be obtained through our office.
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James A. Goodyear, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Director and Staff Surgeon
North Penn Hernia Institute
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