Hernia Surgery Specialist in the Phoenix area
A hernia is a protrusion of an organ through the wall of the cavity that normally contains it. Surgery is usually required for most types of hernias in order to prevent complications. Dr. Shawn Stevenson is a board-certified expert in Minimally invasive hernia surgery which offers many benefits over traditional surgery.
Performing an average of 6 to 8 hernia surgeries per week, Dr. Stevenson is highly trained and experienced in hernia surgery. With convenient surgery locations throughout Phoenix, our patients are a short drive from surrounding areas including Scottsdale, Mesa, Gilbert, and Glendale.
What is a Hernia?
A hernia occurs when tissues push through an opening in your body and get dislodged from their normal position.
When you lift a very heavy object, experience a violent cough, sneeze strenuously, jerk your body suddenly or engage in any activity that may exert extreme pressure on the organs of you body, a hernia can be formed. There is a thin membrane covering your organs and surrounding tissues. When undue stress occurs, organs can sometimes break through that thin membrane covering then and move, causing a bump to develop on your body.
Dr. Stevenson Treats All Types of Hernia Cases with a Variety of Methods
- Hiatal Hernia
- Inguinal Hernia
- Laparoscopic Transabdominal Preperitoneal Inguinal Hernia Repair (TAPP)
- Laparoscopic Total Extraperitoneal Inguinal Hernia Repair (TEP)
- Incisional Hernia
- Ventral Hernia
- Umbilical Hernia
- Component Separation Hernia
How is Hernia Surgery Performed?
During a minimally invasive hernia repair, a laparoscope, which is a thin tube with a video camera, fixes the hernia. Throughout the surgery, Dr. Stevenson is able to see inside your abdomen, Using tools, he pushes the hernia back into place.
Most of these surgeries are performed as an outpatient procedure, which means clients will return home the same day the surgery is performed.
Learn More about Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
If you and your surgeon at Agave Surgical Specialists decide together that robotic-assisted surgery is right for you, your surgeon will use a 3D high-definition camera for a crystal-clear and magnified view of your hernia. He will sit at a console next to you and operate through a few small incisions in your body using tiny instruments including a camera. During the Surgery, your surgeon fully controls all instruments. Every hand movement is translated by the da Vinci® System in real-time to help the surgeon bend and rotate the instruments for a precise repair of your hernia.
This technology, combined with the skill of some of the best hernia surgeons Phoenix has to offer, ensures the most accurate and the safest treatment.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Hernia Surgery
Dr. Stevenson may recommend minimally invasive hernia repair to patients located in Phoenix because:
- It may cause less pain than an open hernia repair
- The recovery time for minimally invasive surgery is typically shorter than open surgery. This allows our Phoenix patients to return to their normal lifestyles more quickly.
- There are smaller incisions, which can mean that scarring is minimal.
- The chance of a patient having to have the surgery again is reduced with minimally invasive surgery.
Are you a Candidate for Hernia Surgery?
Though minimally invasive surgery offers many benefits over open hernia repair, Dr. Stevenson may not suggest it if:
- The patient is obese.
- The hernia site has had a previous infection.
- There is scar tissue damage from abdominal surgery.
For more information on minimally invasive hernia repair, please contact surgeon Dr. Shawn Stevenson today at (602) 582-5233. You can also schedule an appointment online using our secure form.