There are several circumstances in which a secondary procedure may be necessary following an initial hernia repair surgery. In many cases, a surgical mesh could be causing abnormal symptoms and may need to be removed or repaired. In other circumstances, a second hernia may have developed, requiring a second hernia repair. Some types of hernias can also just be more prone to repair failure or be affected by certain lifestyle factors. Since it can be much more detailed and difficult than the previous procedure, hernia revision surgery requires a high level of surgical skill and expertise. At Sports Hernia Texas, board-certified surgeon Dr. Anthony Echo is experienced in performing hernia revision procedures and can help to identify your need for a second surgery. To learn more, contact our Houston, TX practice to schedule a consultation with Dr. Echo and his qualified team.
Candidates for a hernia revision surgery may be exhibiting various symptoms that may be due to complications of a previous procedure. Specifically, if a surgical mesh was utilized, it may develop an infection, erosion, shrinkage, an adhesion, or perforation, which could then lead to symptoms, such as:
- Severe pain
- Bowel obstruction
Other reasons for a hernia revision procedure may include a hernia recurrence or underlying fascia weakness.
When you visit our facility for a consultation, Dr. Echo will conduct a thorough evaluation of your symptoms to determine if you may be a candidate for hernia revision. This may include a physical examination, as well as digital imaging through an x-ray, an MRI, a CT scan, or an ultrasound.
The specific techniques and methods utilized during your hernia repair surgery will vary, depending upon the reason for your secondary procedure. A repair procedure may include removing or replacing the surgical mesh, treating areas of infection, or repairing a secondary hernia. In some cases, a muscle may need to be repaired in patients who have rectus diastasis, also known as a separation in the abdominal muscles.
Before recommending any form of treatment for your repair, Dr. Echo will explain your options to you and determine the best procedure plan for your needs and concerns. His goal is to help patients return to their normal activities and live a more comfortable life.
What to Expect
After any procedure, a member of our team will provide you with the necessary aftercare instructions to ensure you heal properly. You may also need to return to our facility for follow-up appointments to allow Dr. Echo to evaluate your recovery process. It is important that you abstain from physical activity until told otherwise by our team so that the surgical areas can heal. If you have any questions or concerns during your recovery, please contact our facility.
Revise and Restore
Hernia revision surgery may be necessary to treat a secondary condition that may have developed after your initial procedure. If you have any symptoms of a complication after a hernia repair surgery, we encourage you to contact our Houston facility to schedule a consultation with Dr. Echo. Along with his trained team, he will be able to properly identify what may be causing your complications and recommend the best course of treatment for you.