Hernias don’t always cause problems, but they don’t resolve on their own and usually require surgery for repair. At the office of Laureen Forgione-Rubino, M.D., F.A.C.S., in Manchester, Connecticut, the highly skilled general surgeon and her team perform hernia surgery using the most advanced tools and techniques. To find out more about hernia surgery, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

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What is a hernia?

A hernia occurs when an organ or tissue bulges through a weakened part of your abdominal wall. The location of the hernia determines the type, which includes:

Inguinal hernia

An inguinal hernia is when fatty tissue or a part of the intestine protrudes through the abdominal musculature above the groin. This is the most common type of hernia.

Femoral hernia

A femoral hernia is the protrusion of fatty tissue or intestine into the groin on the upper thigh.

Umbilical hernia

An umbilical hernia is a protrusion that forms near the belly button.

Hiatal hernia

With a hiatal hernia, a portion of your stomach protrudes through the opening in the diaphragm that separates your chest from your abdominal area.

Incisional hernia

If you have a history of abdominal surgery, you can develop an incisional hernia along the incision line.

Who needs hernia surgery?

When you have a hernia, or suspect you have a hernia, you first visit your primary care provider for a diagnosis. Your primary care provider may refer you to a general surgeon like Dr. Forgione-Rubino to see if you need hernia surgery.

If you have a hernia that needs surgical repair, Dr. Forgione-Rubino will develop a surgical plan that fits your needs. Children under the age of five with an umbilical hernia may not need surgery because these hernias may resolve independently.

However, all other hernias may need hernia surgery at some point because they don’t get better on their own.

What are the types of hernia surgery?

Dr. Forgione-Rubino customizes your hernia surgery plan, so you get the best outcomes. When possible, she uses minimally invasive tools and techniques during hernia surgery.

Types of hernia surgery include:

Robotic hernia repair

Robotic hernia repair is the most advanced surgical technique. With this type of surgery, Dr. Forgione-Rubino uses a unique robot-assisted device that allows her to repair your hernia using smaller incisions with greater precision and flexibility.

Laparoscopic hernia repair

During a laparoscopic hernia repair, Dr. Forgione-Rubino makes a small incision near your hernia and inserts a laparoscope, a thin tube with a light and camera. She uses the images provided by the laparoscope to repair your weakened abdominal wall using small surgical tools.

Open hernia surgery

Open hernia surgery is a traditional procedure. During this surgery, Dr. Forgione-Rubino makes an incision through your abdominal wall to repair the weakened wall.

To schedule a hernia surgery consultation, call the office of Laureen Forgione-Rubino, M.D., F.A.C.S., or schedule a consultation online today.