A 46-year-old male asked:
how might treating a recurrent inguinal hernia differ from treating a first hernia? are there specialist for treating recurrent hernias?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Addagada Rao answered
55 years experience General Surgery
Slightly different: First time , repair is done by a standard type repair using one of the acceptable technique , repair of repair is custom tailored , depends on findings also same type of surgeon , will do recurrent hernia repairs.
Answered on Feb 28, 2016
Dr. Mark Kuhnke answered
39 years experience General Surgery
Alternate approach: Any hernia can recur. Open and laparoscopic repairs of groin hernias have about a 1% recurrence rate, and umbilical hernia with graft supplement have about a 0.3% rate. Now, in groin hernias, when recurrent , if done open the first time, a laparoscopic approach is preferred in the rerepair, and vice-versa.There are surgeons who have more experience with complex and recurrent hernias. Good luck.
Answered on Sep 1, 2015
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