Hernia Surgery Specialist

Michael Morris, MD. FRCS.

General Surgeon Serving the communities of Houston, TX

A hernia can lead to excruciating abdominal pain that can only be corrected through surgical repair. With the minimally invasive approach of expert surgeon Michael Morris, MD, FRCF, at Surgical Associates, you can expect minimal downtime after your hernia surgery so you can resume your daily activities. Book your hernia surgery consultation at the office in Humble, Texas, either online or over the phone.

Hernia Surgery Q & A

What causes a hernia?

A hernia develops when an organ or fatty tissue pushes through weak or torn layers of the surrounding muscle or tissue.

This causes a balloon-like sac to form through your outer abdominal wall, and in some cases, part of your intestines or abdominal tissue can shift into the sac. You can develop a hernia by:

  • Straining during heavy lifting
  • Gaining excess body weight
  • Persistent coughing
  • Straining while moving your bowels or urinating areas where you’ve had a previous incision or cut

There are several types of hernias depending on where they occur. An inguinal hernia occurs in the inner groin when the small intestine or fat protrudes through the abdominal wall or near the inguinal canal.

What are the symptoms of an inguinal hernia?

The most notable symptom of an inguinal hernia is severe lower abdominal pain. It’s also common to experience:

  • Persistent feelings of fullness
  • A burning sensation
  • A bulge in your groin or abdomen
  • Pain while bending or lifting
  • Nausea or constipation

Because a hernia can lead to potentially serious health complications, getting comprehensive surgical care right away is essential.

Do I need surgery to repair a hernia?

Generally, yes, since surgical repair is the only way to correct a hernia. At Surgical Associates, most hernia surgeries are performed laparoscopically on an outpatient basis.

After making a few small incisions in your abdomen, Dr. Morris uses a thin laparoscopic camera and surgical tools to repair your abdominal wall. In many cases, this involves placing a specialized mesh in the opening of your abdominal wall to strengthen the tissue there.

Robotic surgery is similar to laparoscopic surgery, except a robot handles the surgical instruments while Dr. Morris controls the instruments from a console in the operating room. Robotic surgery can allow for more complex work and more precise movements.

Since Dr. Morris has extensive experience in performing minimally invasive hernia surgery, you can rest assured you’re in good hands.

How long does it take to recover from a hernia surgery?

Most men and women go home within a few hours of having hernia surgery and can walk around as soon as they feel comfortable. You need to plan on having someone stay with you for at least 24-48 hours while you recover from general anesthesia. Depending on the severity of your procedure, you can typically go back to light-duty work within a week.

With advancements in surgical procedures, hernia surgery only requires you to have a few small incisions. Usually, Dr.Morris can use dissolvable stitches or surgical glue to close the incisions, which results in minimal downtime. You should be fully recovered with little to no scarring within 2-3 months.

If you need hernia surgery, call Surgical Associates or schedule an evaluation online today.