Hernia Specialist

Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas

Weight Loss Specialists & Bariatric Surgeons located in Denton, TX & Flower Mound, TX

Being overweight is a common cause of abdominal hernias, especially hiatal hernias. Losing weight can prevent a hernia from developing or relieve symptoms of an existing hernia enough to avoid surgical repair. The doctors at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas are the experts when it comes to helping you achieve your weight loss goals with diet, weight loss medications, or bariatric surgery. If you have any questions about hernias or weight loss, please call one of their offices in Denton, Frisco, or Flower Mound, Texas, or schedule an appointment online.

Hernia Q & A

 

What causes a hernia?

A hernia occurs when an organ or other internal body part protrudes through the abdominal muscles. The most common types of abdominal hernias include:

  • Inguinal hernia: fatty tissue or part of the intestine protrudes in the area of the inguinal canal in the lower abdomen
  • Hiatal hernia: part of the stomach pushes up into the chest cavity through an opening in the diaphragm muscle
  • Umbilical hernia: fatty tissue or intestine pushes through the abdomen near the navel

How does being overweight cause a hernia?

When you’re overweight or obese, the extra weight increases the strain and pressure on abdominal muscles. As a result, the muscles weaken and become susceptible to developing a hernia.

Obesity is the most common cause of hiatal hernias. Being overweight or obese may also cause multiple hernias in the abdominal muscles.

After you develop a hernia, extra weight causes it to get larger over time. That can lead to serious complications, such as the intestine becoming trapped in muscle tissue and strangulating due to loss of blood flow.

Why is weight loss important for alleviating a hernia?

Losing weight relieves excess pressure on the abdomen, which can prevent a hernia from developing, improve hernia symptoms, and avoid complications such as strangulation. Weight loss alone may be all you need to reduce the size of your hernia and eliminate pain.

Hernias never go away on their own, and the only way to treat a hernia is with surgery. You may need to lose weight before your doctor performs surgery to repair your hernia because being overweight increases your risk of complications such as infection, slow wound healing, and blood clots.

What types of bariatric surgery are available?

The team at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas offer nonsurgical methods for weight loss, including individualized weight loss medications, diet plans, and ongoing support from their registered dietitian.

If you need hernia repair and you qualify for bariatric surgery, then weight loss surgery can help you lose a significant amount of weight in a shorter period. The types of bariatric surgery performed by the experts at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas include:

  • Duodenal switch: reduces stomach size so you eat less and bypasses a significant part of the small intestine to reduce calorie absorption
  • Gastric bypass: reduces stomach size and bypasses a smaller segment of the small intestine
  • Gastric sleeve bypass (sleeve gastrectomy): reduces stomach size and lowers the amount of hormones that make you hungry