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No One-Size-Fits-All Remedy for Hernia Correction

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A lot of discussion in the medical community revolves around figuring out the best methods for treating  certain illnesses, injuries, or conditions. As medical science advances, doctors and surgeons often feel compelled to replace previous treatment methods with ones that they consider to be more cutting edge. Yet, when it comes to treating hernias, there is not one textbook method of treatment that stands out as the best solution in all cases. Dr. Shirin Towfigh of Beverly Hills Hernia Center, the West's only surgeon specializing in abdominal wall hernias, knows this better than most. She has seen hundreds of patients, both men and women, who have had different types of hernias that merit a variety of treatment options. Here are several factors that make hernia treatment a field that requires an individualized approach to patient care.

  • Type of Hernia – While a hernia generally means the protuberance of intestines through a weak point in the abdominal wall, exactly where the hernia occurs and what caused it can be a big factor in whether or not the patient needs corrective surgery. The most common type of hernia, an inguinal hernia, does not necessarily need to be repaired with surgery if it is minor and relatively painless. Other types of hernias, such as incisional hernias inside women and men who have recently had open surgery, almost always require surgery because there is no other way to remedy them.
  • Severity of the Hernia – Certain abdominal hernias inside men and women, particularly inguinal hernias, can reach a point where they are protruding through the abdominal wall and cannot be pushed back in. This is what's referred to as an incarcerated hernia, and requires immediate surgery to prevent damage to the digestive system. A hernia also merits surgery if it can be pushed back in, but recurs or causes severe or constant pain.
  • Sex and Age of the Patient – While it is true that the majority of hernia patients are older men, they can also occur quite commonly in women and children. Children in particular require special care and attention due to their relative inability to report and assess their own medical problems. Hernias can often occur in babies, but only be visible during times of stress like when the baby is coughing or crying. If a child has an incarcerated hernia, the immediate action to take is to see a specialist like Dr. Towfigh who can push the hernia back through the abdominal wall, and follow up with surgery soon after to make sure that the hernia doesn't return. Luckily for patients and concerned parents, Dr. Towfigh is an experienced practitioner of safe and effective minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery.

If you know or suspect that you or your child has a hernia, it's important that you visit a specialist like Dr. Shirin Towfigh who puts individualized patient care before anything else. To schedule a consultation with Beverly Hills Hernia Center, call 310-358-5020 or get more information about Dr. Towfigh and hernias in general at

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