What is Ventral Hernia?
Ventral Hernia is the type of weakness or hole in you abdominal wall. There are many specific terms used to describe various types of Ventral Hernias. The most notably Umbilical Hernia, Incisional Hernia are usually the two most common ones of the Ventral Hernia.
What can be done about Ventral Hernia?
There are various surgical option to fix the Ventral Hernias of different kind. Let me describe the surgical technique for repairing Umbilical Hernia, which is one of the more common Ventral Hernia. There are many different ways to fix the common problem. Most of the surgeons still use the open technique with different types of mesh. Ventralex is one of the most commonly used hernia mesh in the open Umbilical Hernia repair. It is a circular, dual sided mesh with the bottom part made with ePTFE or Gore Tex like substance and the top part away from the intestine made with Marlex Mesh. There are some surgeons who prefer using larger, single type of mesh such as straight Gore Tex or Marles Mesh.
What does Dr. Lee prefer in fixing the Ventral Hernia?
For large umbilical hernia and other types of ventral hernias, Dr. Lee performs Laparoscopic, Minimally Invasive Ventral Hernia Repair with Physiomesh. The Physiomesh is flat, oblong material made of truly most advanced thin filaments that lie perfectly flat against the abdominal wall. It has biodegradable coating that prevents adhesions from the intestine and other intrabdominal organs. The tacking device Dr. Lee likes to use has all biodegradable, absorbable secure tacks that keep the Physiomesh in place long enough for it to adhere completely and disappear over time.