Greystone Cosmetic Center Birmingham-Hoover AL

Hedden Plastic Surgery

Alabama Hernia Center

Lee A. Schmitt MD,
Christopher J. Schaffer MD
William J. Hedden MD

Birmingham, Alabama • call 205-980-1744

Hernia Repair Surgery

Surgery is the only treatment available to permanently fix an abdominal hernia, which occurs when tissue bulges outside of the abdominal wall. While some hernias can be tolerated for a period of time, people with hernias often experience significant discomfort and run the risk of developing a strangulated hernia when tissue within the hernia loses its blood supply, requiring emergency surgery.

The experienced hernia surgeons at the Alabama Hernia Center™ use today's most proven and advanced surgical techniques to treat patients with hernia defects of the abdominal wall, including inguinal hernias, sports hernias, femoral hernias, umbilical hernias and incisional hernias. Hernia repair procedures with distinguished surgeons Dr. Lee Schmitt, Dr. Christopher Schaffer or Dr. William Hedden are performed at our fully accredited Birmingham, Alabama outpatient surgery suite.

Most health insurance plans provide coverage for hernia repair surgery. For patients without insurance, we offer a variety of easy financing plans that can make your hernia surgery very affordable.

Open Surgery

The Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama physicians at the Alabama Hernia Center™ excel in using open surgery techniques to repair abdominal wall hernias. Open surgery for the permanent repair of hernia defects is an outpatient procedure that carries very little risk of complications.

During the open surgery hernia repair procedure, an incision is made at the site of the hernia and the protruding tissue is pushed back into place. The muscles of the abdomen are then reinforced with stitches or a mesh patch to prevent the hernia from reoccuring. Open hernia surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia, but local anesthesia is used in some cases.

Most patients are able to return home on the same day after surgery at our outpatient surgery facility. Normal activities can usually be resumed after a few days, though more strenuous activity and exercise should be restrained for 4 to 6 weeks.


Laparoscopic Surgery

Advancements in medical technology in the past decade have allowed many surgical procedures to be performed with techniques that minimize tissue disruption and maximize patient comfort. Hernia repair surgery is no exception. Many hernias at the Alabama Hernia Center™ can be repaired with laparoscopic surgery, a minimally-invasive procedure that is also called "keyhole surgery."

During the surgery, a laparoscope — a thin, lighted tube fitted with a video camera — is inserted through a small incision in the abdomen. Our Birmingham, Alabama hernia doctors then reinforce the hernia defect with a mesh patch that is secured into position. Incisions are closed with stitches and the scar should be virtually invisible in a few months. Laparoscopic surgery is performed under general anesthesia.

Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally-invasive, outpatient hernia repair procedure that is associated with small incisions, less pain and a shorter recovery time that more invasive surgical techniques.


Hernia Repair Surgery — Birmingham, Alabama

At the Alabama Hernia Center™, our skilled and experienced surgeons repair abdominal hernias with today's most advanced surgical techniques at our Birmingham-Hoover area offices and outpatient surgery suite. All of our surgeries are tailored to the individual needs of each patient to achieve a successful outcome and optimal results.

We conduct a thorough process of evaluation and diagnosis to help each patient determine whether open surgery or laparoscopic surgery is their best option for hernia repair surgery. Please call call 205-980-1744 or send an email today to set up your consultation at our Birmingham, Alabama surgery center.