Hernia Specialist

Precision Surgery and Advanced Vein Therapy

Johnny L. Serrano, D.O., F.A.C.O.S

Board Certified General Surgeon & Varicose Vein Specialist located in Glendale, AZ

Hernias are common and usually don’t get better on their own. To prevent hernia-related complications, such as strangulation of the tissue that can lead to tissue death, surgery is the only recommended treatment. Experienced board-certified general surgeon, Johnny Serrano, DO, FACOS, at Precision Surgery and Advanced Vein Therapy in Glendale, Arizona, specializes in hernia repairs using a minimally invasive approach to reduce scarring and recovery time. For a consultation, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Hernia Q & A

What is a hernia?

A hernia is a medical condition that describes the protrusion of an internal organ through the muscle or tissue meant to contain it. Most hernias occur between the chest and groin and most often develop due to a weakening in the muscle or tissue. The weakness may be a congenital (born with) condition or develop over time as a result of aging or overuse. 

What are the types of hernia?

There are many types of hernias. The most common include:

Inguinal hernia

Inguinal hernias occur when a portion of the intestines or fatty tissue pokes into the groin. These hernias affect both men and women and are the most common type of hernia.

Umbilical hernia

An umbilical hernia describes a protrusion of your small intestines through the wall of your abdomen near your belly button. 

Femoral hernia

Femoral hernias are similar to inguinal hernias. However, the fatty tissue or intestines fall through an opening in the upper thigh. Though very similar, you’re less likely to develop a femoral hernia than an inguinal hernia.

Incisional hernia

An incisional hernia refers to the protrusion of tissue at or near a surgical incision site.

How is hernia surgery performed?

The procedure used to perform your hernia repair depends on the type of hernia you’re experiencing, as well as your medical and surgical history. Dr. Serrano is a skilled surgeon and uses a minimally invasive approach when possible. Surgical options may include:

Laparoscopy

During a laparoscopy, Dr. Serrano uses a laparoscope, which is a surgical camera that transmits images to a computer monitor. This technique allows him to perform your hernia surgery without the need for large incisions.

Open surgery

Your condition may warrant an open procedure to remedy. The reasons may be how large your hernia may be, previous hernia surgery or your specific medical risks. Since Dr. Serrano is proficiently skilled in both open and laparoscopic procedures, he can help you
decide which procedure would be best to benifit you the most.