Abdominal surgery is performed to treat a variety of conditions including tumors, infections, obstructions or inflammatory bowel disease. At Far North Surgery, we have experienced and skilled surgeon who can perform abdominal surgery with successful outcomes. We have the expertise to perform traditional open as well as minimally invasive surgeries. Our aim is to provide effective surgical procedures at our state-of-the-art surgical facility to the residents of Anchorage, Alaska.
Any surgical operation that is performed on abdominal organs - the stomach, gallbladder, small intestine, large intestine, liver, pancreas, appendix, spleen, and the esophagus, is called abdominal surgery.
There are many types of surgeries that involve the abdomen. Some common abdominal surgery procedures include:
Adrenal surgery is done to remove one or both adrenal glands if they have been affected by tumors. These glands are small, triangular shaped and sit above the kidneys. Adrenal glands produce hormones like aldosterone, cortisol, and adrenaline, which are needed for the proper functioning of your body.
Hernia repair is a surgical operation performed for hernial correction. Hernia is the bulging out of an internal organ/tissue through the wall containing it. There are two types of hernial repair: hernioplasty or herniorrhaphy. This operation is generally performed for correction of hernias in the groin, diaphragm, abdomen, brain, or the site where a previous operation had been performed.
An abscess is an infection that develops in the body tissues and often requires incision and drainage.
Cysts are normally formed within the body's tissue and are filled with semi-solid, liquid, or gaseous substance. There are different types of cysts caused by infection or genetics that generally do not require any treatment. However, if they start affecting the function of the tissue or become inflamed, an excision or surgical removal is recommended.
Lipomas are benign fatty tumors that develop in the subcutaneous tissues in the head, neck, back, and shoulders. In most cases, lipomas are not painful and do not require any treatment. However, when they become painful and/or enlarge, they need to be removed surgically.
A hernia is a medical condition that can occur when an organ or fatty tissue pushes through a weak spot or opening in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue. There are many types of hernias. The type depends on location. Some common ones are:
Inguinal hernia: This affects mostly men and occurs at the inner groin.
Incisional hernia: This occurs after an incision in patients who are not active after abdominal surgery. It is more common in elderly and overweight patients.
Femoral hernia: This occurs at the outer groin and is common in women, especially obese and pregnant women.
Umbilical hernia: This is a hernia at the belly button.It is common in newborn babies, obese patients and women have had many children.
Hiatal hernia: This occurs at the upper stomach as it pushes through the hiatus into the chest area.
You will notice certain symptoms if you have a hernia. The most common symptom is a bulge or lump in and around the affected area.
Some common symptoms of an inguinal hernia are:
Some common symptoms of a hiatal hernia are:
If you experience any of these symptoms, visit your doctor immediately.
A physical exam is required to diagnose an inguinal or incisional hernia. Your doctor will check whether you have a lump or bulge in the abdomen or groin area. They will ask you to stand, cough or strain, as standing and coughing make a hernia appear bigger.
A hiatal hernia is diagnosed with a barium X-ray or endoscopy which allows your doctor to check the internal position of your stomach.
Your doctor might perform an imaging test, such as an ultrasound, MRI, or CT scan to diagnose a hernia.
Treatment for a hernia depends on the size and symptoms of the hernia. If your hernia is not causing any problems and is small, your doctor might just monitor it for any possible complication. Treatment options include:
A surgery is usually required if you have painful or enlarging hernias. This helps in relieving the discomfort and preventing serious complications in the future.
Hernias are repaired with either open hernia repair or laparoscopic repair.
In this procedure, the surgeon uses local or general anesthesia and sedation. They make an incision in the groin, push the bulging tissue back into the abdomen and then sew the weakened area, with a synthetic mesh (hernioplasty). They close the opening with staples, stitches, or surgical glue. Open hernia repair has a longer recovery time. It might take several weeks to resume your normal activities.
In this minimally invasive surgical procedure, the surgeon uses general anesthesia and makes several small incisions in the abdomen. The abdomen is inflated with the help of gas, so it becomes easier to see the internal organs. The surgeon inserts a small tube with a tiny camera (laparoscope) into one of the incisions. By seeing through the camera, he inserts tiny surgical instruments into other incisions and repairs the hernia with synthetic mesh.
You will have less scarring and discomfort after laparoscopic surgery and a shorter recovery time.
At Far North Surgery, our surgeon has performed many simple as well as complex hernia repair surgeries with successful outcomes. We are dedicated to providing quality care to our patients in a safe, warm and stress-free environment.
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