The Local Center for Hernia Surgery in Mt. Pleasant, SC
Each year, millions of Americans develop hernias, but only a small portion actually have their hernias repaired. Most providers believe people avoid treating their hernias because they are afraid of the pain from surgery. With the advancements in healthcare, hernia surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis and patients are able to return to most normal activities in a matter of a few days. Here at East Cooper General Surgery, the majority of our patients have reported how surprised they were to experience only minimal pain after their procedure.
Dr. Steadman is an expert in the repair of inguinal, umbilical, femoral, and ventral/ incisional hernias. He brings to East Cooper the leading-edge approaches to abdominal wall reconstruction including robotic surgery special techniques. Dr. Steadman completed his training in Greenville, SC with top hernia surgeons, and is excited to bring the latest minimally invasive methods to the Charleston area.
What Is A Hernia?
A hernia occurs with the inside layers of the abdominal wall weaken causing it to bulge or tear. This allows the inner lining of the abdomen to push through the weakened area to form a balloon-like sac. A loop of abdominal tissue or intestine can then slip into the sac, causing pain, discomfort, and potentially serious health problems.
Hernias occur in men and women of all ages. They can occur due to a natural weakness in the abdominal wall, or from excessive strain on the abdominal wall such as lifting heavy weights, substantial weight gain, pregnancy, persistent coughing, straining during bowel movements or urination.
How Do I Know If I Have A Hernia?
Symptoms of a hernia includes:
- A noticeable protrusion in the groin area or the abdomen.
- Feeling pain while lifting
- A dull aching sensation that may be more noticeable at the end of the day
- A vague feeling of fullness in the location of the hernia
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please schedule an appointment to have Dr. Steadman evaluate your hernia and determine to right treatment options for you.
A Simple Surgical Solution
Unfortunately once a hernia is present, it will not go away on its own. Hernias need to be surgically repaired to prevent intestinal damage and further complications. Fortunately, medical advancements have made these procedures simpler and safer than ever before. On our team, Dr. Steadman is the foremost authority on fixing hernias to prevent intestinal damage and complications. He utilizes cutting-edge approaches to abdominal wall reconstruction, as well as solutions for hernias in other parts of the body. Since each hernia is unique, Dr. Steadman will assess your hernia on an individual basis to determine whether an open, laparoscopic, or robotic surgery procedure is most appropriate. Contact us today to make an appointment and learn more about hernia surgery.