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Hernia Technique

Updated: Friday, December 6 2013, 11:18 AM EST
A new procedure at Mission Hospital is taking some of the pain out of hernia surgery.

As News 13's Jay Siltzer explains, it's also get patients back on their feet faster.

"I was in a lot of pain, not very mobile."  that's what 72-year-old Chris Parsons described to his physician, leading to a hernia diagnosis, in essence a hole in a muscle.

Repairing the hernia required only single-site laparoscopic surgery at Mission Hospital.

Dr. Christopher Edwards, Regional Surgical Specialists, "so what we did was make a small incision, used a special device, took what was inside the hernia and put it back in his belly where it belongs -- which was a piece of fat -- and covered it with a piece of mesh."

In Parsons case, the mesh was glued in place -- no staples, no stitches -- further decreasing post-operative pain and promoting recovery.

Chris Parsons, hernia patient, "so far, so good, no problems."

The single-incision procedure isn't necessarily faster in terms of time compared to traditional surgery.  Nonetheless, it can still often be completed in 30 minutes.

Typically laparoscopic patients who have had traditional hernia surgery in the past say the new approach is less painful with faster healing and quicker recovery.

Dr. Edwards says patients undergoing the new procedure, still must avoid heavy lifting for at least a couple of weeks.  That is compared to six to eight weeks for traditional hernia surgery.Hernia Technique

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