Hernia Surgery Specialist

Surgical Care PC

Rick J. Windle, MD

General Surgeon & Varicose Vein Specialist located in Lincoln, NE

A hernia won’t go away or get better on its own, but a hernia repair surgery can relieve your pain and prevent complications. At Surgical Care PC in Lincoln, Nebraska, general surgeon Rick Windle, MD, performs a variety of treatment options, including open, laparoscopic, and robotic hernia repair. To find out if hernia surgery is right for you, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Hernia Surgery Q&A

What is hernia surgery?

Hernia surgery repairs a hernia, a common medical condition that involves some tissue or organ protruding into an area where it doesn’t belong. Most hernias occur in the abdomen. A small amount of fat or a portion of your intestine bulges through a weak spot in your abdominal muscles.

A hernia causes an abnormal bulge beneath your skin, usually near the groin or belly button. They can also develop at the site of a previous surgical incision.

Hernias can be painless, or they may cause pain and pressure. Without treatment, most hernias get larger over time. 

Why would I need hernia surgery?

Exercise and physical therapy won’t make a hernia go away. Surgery is the only permanent treatment.

However, not all hernias need repair. You may be a candidate for hernia surgery if the hernia causes pain or discomfort that interferes with your normal activities or if it’s growing larger. You may also need surgery if there’s a risk of your intestine getting trapped in the hernia.

What are the approaches to hernia surgery?

At Surgical Care PC, Dr. Windle has extensive experience performing the following hernia repair procedures:

Open hernia repair surgery

Open surgery involves making a long incision near the hernia. When Dr. Windle can see the herniated body part, he gently pushes it back into its proper position. Then, he reinforces the weak spot in your abdominal wall with stitches or a mesh patch and closes the incision.

Laparoscopic hernia repair surgery

Laparoscopic hernia repair is a minimally invasive procedure because it doesn’t require a large incision.

Dr. Windle makes a buttonhole-sized incision and inserts a thin tube with a camera. He inflates your abdomen with a harmless gas, like carbon dioxide, to get a better view of your internal organs. Then, he performs the same treatment as an open hernia repair but using tiny surgical instruments through other small incisions.

Robotic hernia repair surgery

Robotic hernia surgery is similar to the laparoscopic approach and uses many of the same techniques and instruments. During a robotic procedure, Dr. Windle sits at a surgical console and controls a robotic arm.

Advanced robotic technology provides highly detailed 3D images of the inside of your body and allows Dr. Windle to operate with the highest degree of precision.

If you’re considering hernia surgery, call Surgical Care PC, or book an appointment online today.