Hernia Surgery Specialist

Maria Palafox, MD

Breast Cancer Surgeon & General Surgeon located in San Antonio, TX

If you or a loved one has developed a hernia, laparoscopic procedures make a surgical hernia repair a great option to relieve your pain and discomfort, as well as avoid complications down the road. As a general surgeon, Dr. Maria Palafox has extensive experience performing hernia surgeries. If you’re in the San Antonio area, call Maria Palafox, MD, to learn more about minimally invasive hernia surgery, or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation.

Hernia Surgery Q & A

by Maria Palafox, MD

What is a hernia?

In an overall sense, a hernia describes a condition where a tissue or organ pushes through supporting muscle. The most common type of hernia is called an inguinal hernia, which occurs when tissue from your intestine bulges through a weak spot in your abdominal muscles.

A thin wall of muscle supports the bulk of your intestines, holding them in place. If you exert pressure on this wall -- for example, by lifting something heavy -- your intestines press up against it. If there’s a spot that’s weak, they can protrude through.

A hernia isn't normally a dangerous condition, but it can cause discomfort, especially during times when pressure again affects the area, such as when you cough. A hernia can develop into something more severe if it's cut off and strangulated, which causes the tissue to die and obstructs your intestines.

Hernias can strike anyone at any age, even babies, but men are eight times more likely than women to develop a hernia.

What are the symptoms of a hernia?

The symptoms of an inguinal hernia include:

  • A visible bulge near your pelvic bone
  • Pain at the site of the bulge
  • Pain or weakness in your groin
  • A sensation of heaviness in your groin

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, have Dr. Palafox check you out.

How do I know whether I need hernia surgery?

During your appointment with Dr. Palafox, she examines the area and discusses your symptoms to determine whether surgery is necessary.

Dr. Palafox is highly trained in advanced laparoscopic techniques, making this type of hernia surgery a more comfortable choice because it’s less invasive than other surgical procedures.

Should you require an open hernia repair, Dr. Palafox is a highly skilled general surgeon and performs this procedure as minimally invasively as possible.

How is hernia surgery performed?

In an open repair, Dr. Palafox makes an incision in your groin and pushes the tissue back through the muscle. After, she sews the weak muscle and shores it up with a synthetic mesh.

In a laparoscopic procedure, Dr. Palafox makes small incisions in your abdomen and inserts a tiny camera through one incision, and small, specialized tools through another. Using these tools, she repairs the hernia and reinforces the weakened area with synthetic mesh.

To learn more about minimally invasive hernia surgery, call Maria Palafox, MD, or book an appointment online.