A hernia occurs when an organ or internal tissue breaks through a hole in the muscles. Hernia repair surgery or herniorrhaphy involves returning the displaced tissues to their proper position.
Hernioplasty is a type of hernia repair surgery where a mesh patch is sewn over the weakened region of tissue.
Hernia repair surgery is one of the most common surgeries to be performed. According to a 2014 study by the Association of VA Surgeons, more than 350,000 ventral hernias or those in the abdominal region are repaired annually in the United States alone.
Fast facts on hernia repair:
- Small hernias may not cause any symptoms
- In general, hernia surgeries are classified as herniorrhaphy or hernioplasty.
- Hernia repairs are day surgeries, so people go home a few hours afterward.
- Hernia surgeries are considered fairly safe and effective.