Hernia Surgery

Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation

Surgical Oncologists & Robotic Surgery Specialists located in West Hills, CA & Thousand Oaks, CA

Hernias are common and usually not dangerous, but they won’t get better on their own. That’s why patients from in Agoura Hills, West Hills, Calabasas, and surrounding San Fernando Valley and Simi Valley area turn to Dr. Frank Candela and Dr. David Schreier of Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation for hernia repair. Visit one of two of their office locations in West Hills and Thousand Oaks, California. Don’t delay seeking care for a hernia when there are safe and effective treatment options. Schedule your consultation today by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.

Hernia Surgery Q & A

What is a hernia?

A hernia happens when one of your organs begins to bulge through an opening in the tissue that normally holds the organ in place. They occur most frequently in the abdomen, but they can also happen in your groin, upper thigh, or belly button.

There are several different types of hernias.

Inguinal hernia

Inguinal hernias represent around 70% of all hernias. They happen when your intestines bulge through a torn or weakened section of your lower abdominal wall or your inguinal canal. In men, the inguinal canal contains the spermatic cord, which holds the testicles in place. In women, the inguinal canal holds a ligament that holds the uterus in place.

Hiatal hernia

Hiatal hernias occur when a portion of your stomach extends through your diaphragm and into your chest cavity. The first sign is usually gastroesophageal reflux. These hernias usually occur after the age of 50 unless due to a congenital birth defect.

Incisional hernia

These hernias often follow abdominal surgery, when a portion of your intestines is able to push through your surgical incision or the weakened tissue nearby.

What’s my risk of developing a hernia?

Anyone can get a hernia, but certain factors increase your risk, including:

  • Family history of hernias
  • Chronic cough
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Smoking
  • Chronic constipation

If you do develop a hernia, the first sign may be a lump or bulge that you can see or feel. You might also notice:

  • Chest pain
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Acid reflux
  • Discomfort in the affected area
  • Sensations of weakness, heaviness, or pressure
  • Gurgling, burning, or aching sensations

Don’t delay seeking care for a hernia if you notice symptoms.

How are hernias treated?

Hernias don’t get better on their own and can develop complications if left untreated. Surgery is often the only way to restore proper organ placement.

At Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation, the da Vinci surgical system allows for hernia repair using laparoscopic technology. That means smaller incisions and less risk of infection as compared to open surgery.

According to clinical data, hernia surgery using the da Vinci system lowers your risk of pain, leads to shorter hospital stays, and reduces the risk of the hernia returning. Robotic-assisted surgery lets your surgeon gain a high definition, 3D view of the treatment area. The system also enables a level of precision and control that the human hand simply cannot attain.

If you suspect you have a hernia, schedule a consultation with Dr. Candela and Dr. Schreier as soon as possible.