Medical Minute: Hernia Repair

Jim Hawkins is an avid exerciser, but a pain by his groin put a halt to his workouts.
Jim had a hernia.

Jim Hawkins said, "I don't know what caused mine, maybe my genes, my dad and brother both had hernias."

A hernia is a tear or hole in the wall of the abdomen. The only treatment option is surgery. Standard surgery is done with a four-inch incision. A laparoscopic procedure uses three small incisions, but now one doctor has developed a way to do the surgery through the navel.

James Westervelt, MD, General Surgery, said, "There must be a way that this can be done with a less invasive approach, and that's how I came to start doing it."

Dr. James Westervelt combines an old technology and a new technology. An operating scope is the old technology once used for procedures like tying a woman's tubes.

The new technology is this port which gives the surgeon a clear view. Once inside, a layer of mesh is used to patch the hole, and it's all done through the bellybutton, leaving no visible scar.

Jim Hawkins said, "I wasn't sure how they could get all the equipment through one little hole, but modern science does it."

The biggest change came after the surgery, and Jim knows it firsthand. Fourteen years ago he had traditional hernia surgery on his right side. His left side was recently repaired with the new technique.

Jim Hawkins said, "The overall recovery was much quicker. It was days compared to weeks."

Letting him get back to the gym in record time.

For more information, contact:

James Westervelt
St. Petersburg, FL
(727) 824-8280


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