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1. How much does hernia surgery cost?
Don’t worry, insurance companies cover hernia surgery. Insurance companies pay for hernia surgery because untreated hernias can lead to illnesses like bowel obstructions, low blood flow to the bowel and even bowel perforations – all severe diseases that can lead to severe complications.
There are three charges patients will incur from hernia surgery: the anesthesia fee, the hospital charge, and the physician professional fee.
The physician fee ranges from $1,000 to $2,000.
The Hospital fee varies from approximately $9,000 to $15,000.
The Anesthesia Fee ranges from $600 – $1100.
Again, all insurance companies will cover hernia surgery. If you have insurance, we can put you in touch with our hospital liaison, so you can determine how much you have to contribute along with your insurance plan.
2. Do we use mesh to repair hernias?
The use of mesh, in hernia surgery, has become the standard of care. Hernia surgeons use mesh because it reduces the chance that a hernia will come back after surgery.
We use two different types of mesh: synthetic mesh and biologic mesh.
Plastic makes up the majority of synthetic meshes.Synthetic meshes do not absorb into the tissue.
Surgeons use biologic mesh when there is an active infection, or they have to remove small and large intestine, during the surgery. Biologic meshes become incorporated into the tissues, and they mostly dissolve.
3. What is the most common problem people have with hernias?
Most hernias cause some degree of discomfort. The most common reason we see people with hernias is that the patient is having pain associated with their hernia.
4. What can happen if I do not get my hernia fixed?
Hernias are potentially dangerous because they can trap pieces of intestine and lead to low blood flow to the intestines. When intestines do not have good blood blow they can die off and perforate. If you perforate your intestines this can lead to sepsis and the complications of sepsis which include things like low blood pressure and kidney failure etc.
5. How are hernias repaired?
Hernias are repaired laparoscopically and with traditional open surgery. Laparoscopic hernia repairs can be done with small incisions as small as the width of a nickel.
6. When can I perform heavy lifting after surgery?
Nowadays, we let people return to normal activities much quicker after surgery. However, for most patients, we still recommend no heavy lifting for a total of 6 weeks.
7. Can hernias come back after surgery?
Hernias can come back after surgery, and this is called a hernia recurrence. Hernia recurrences happen more often in obese patients and in smokers.
8. How do people get hernias?
Some people get hernias because of weaknesses in their abdominal wall. Other people get hernias from previous surgeries.
Abdominal surgery is a risk factor for developing hernias because the incisions weaken the abdominal wall.
9. How do I know if I have a hernia?
Hernias are usually associated with lumps that become larger when you strain to lift a heavy object or perform a strenuous task. Hernias are often associated with a “popping sensation.”
The best way to know if you have a hernia is to see a physician and or obtain imaging of that area on the abdominal wall.
10. What are the most common locations of hernias?
The most common locations for hernias is the groin, the belly button and underneath or near previous surgical scars.
11. What is a hiatal hernia?
Hiatal hernias are different than abdominal wall hernias. Hiatal hernias are hernias on the inside of the body. Hiatal hernias occur when part of the stomach has pushed up into the chest cavity.
The most common symptoms associated with hiatal hernias include chest pressure, chest and abdominal pain and acid reflux.
12. What is an umbilical hernia?
This is a fancy word, in Latin, for belly button hernia.
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Dr. Eakin specializes in minimally invasive (laparoscopic) hernia surgery and abdominal wall reconstructions - a technique used to repair massive abdominal wall hernias from surgery or traumas.
He trained in general surgery at The Ohio State University Medical Center, in Columbus, Ohio. After residency, he completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Bariatric Surgery, at The Ohio State University Medical Center.
Dr. Eakin is the director of The Hernia Center of Utah, and the co-director of the bariatric surgery center at Jordan Valley Medical Center. He is also the Director of Trauma Surgery at Jordan Valley Medical Center and its' West Valley Campus.
Dr. Catherine Beck also specializes in minimally invasive (laparoscopic) hernia surgery, abdominal wall reconstructions and other rare types of hernias.
She trained in general surgery at The Ohio State University Medical Center, in Columbus, Ohio. After residency, she completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Bariatric Surgery, at the University of California in San Diego.
Dr. Beck is the Director of Bariatric Surgery at Jordan Valley Medical Center, and she is creating the first comprehensive bariatric surgery center in the West Valley and West Jordan area of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dr. Brad Digney specializes in minimally invasive (laparoscopic) hernia surgery, complex abdominal wall reconstruction, and other types of hernias.
He trained in general surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. As chief surgical resident in a large academic medical setting, he supervised surgical residents and taught medical students in both community and private institutions.
Dr. Digney serves as the Director of Trauma Surgery at the Jordan Valley Medical Center.