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Complex Hernias

Complex hernia repair requires an approach that goes above and beyond typical hernia surgery. At Hernia Center Los Angeles, we have a comprehensive hernia treatment program that carries each patient from diagnosis to recovery with the highest level of comfort and care. Our expert team includes two leading hernia surgeons, both of whom have decades of proven excellence in the field of complex hernia repair including advanced procedures such as abdominal wall reconstruction. With our state-of-the-art facility and effective hernia treatments, the Hernia Center has earned a reputation as one of the finest hernia repair facilities in Los Angeles and beyond.

What is a Complex Hernia?

A hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue (fascia). Hernias can occur anywhere in the body but are most commonly found in the abdominal wall region. A complex hernia is a type of hernia that is more challenging to treat due to its larger size, the presence of scar tissue, or a previous failed repair attempt.1

Types of Complex Hernias

There are many circumstances under which a hernia may be considered a complex hernia. Below are just a few examples of such circumstances.

  • When a patient has had multiple hernia repairs (recurrent hernias), causing the tissue to weaken with each successive surgery
  • When a patient has multiple concurrent hernias, also known as Swiss cheese hernias
  • When a hernia has become infected
  • When a hernia is strangulated, meaning it is constricting the blood supply to the herniated bowel or organ
  • When an incision from a previous surgery has ruptured, causing an incisional hernia

Complex Hernia Treatment

The goal of complex hernia repair surgery is to repair the weakened muscle or tissue and reduce the risk of recurrence. However, complex hernias can be challenging to repair due to the size of the hernia, the presence of scar tissue, or a previous failed repair attempt. The surgical approach and surgical techniques employed depend on the type and severity of the hernia.

For some patients, abdominal wall reconstruction may be necessary to restore abdominal wall function and reduce the risk of recurrent hernias. This is an advanced procedure, and should only be performed by an expert hernia surgeon.

Frequently Asked Questions About Complex Hernias

What are the risk factors for developing a complex hernia?

The risk factors for developing a complex hernia include:

  • Obesity
  • A history of previous hernia repair
  • Smoking
  • Chronic coughing or sneezing
  • Pregnancy
  • Age
  • Anemia
  • Cancer
  • Infection

What are the symptoms of a complex hernia?

Symptoms of a complex hernia can severely impact a patient's quality of life and may include:

  • A visible bulge in the abdomen or groin area
  • Pain or discomfort in the affected area or surrounding areas (referred pain)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Numbness

How is a complex hernia diagnosed?

Our hernia doctors may perform a number of tests to diagnose a complex hernia, including ultrasound, CT (computerized tomography) scan, and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).

How long does it take to recover from complex hernia repair surgery?

Recovery from complex hernia surgery can vary depending on the surgical approach and the individual patient's health. It generally takes 6-8 weeks for the patient to fully recover and return to normal activities. When you consult with a hernia doctor at our center, you will be given detailed instructions and expectations for your hernia surgery recovery period.

Contact Us

At Hernia Center Los Angeles, our first priority is total patient comfort in the face of an otherwise uncomfortable condition. With our superlative patient care and lasting, effective treatment, our medical center offers among the most comprehensive complex hernia repair treatment available. If a complex hernia is impacting your quality of life, please contact us today to learn about how we can help you find relief.