It is common to develop a hernia after abdominal or vaginal surgery. Hernias typically result from weakening of the abdominal wall following abdominal surgery. The resultant condition is called an “incisional hernia”, which can commonly occur after abdominal gynecologic surgery. Hernias in the vagina typically result from weakening of the levator complex muscles, which act as the supportive hammock of the pelvic organs. Once this hammock weakens, there is a tendency to develop hernias of the bladder (cystocele), vagina and or the uterus (utero-vaginal prolapse), rectum (rectocele), and finally the small bowel (enterocele).
Abdominal hernias are repaired by implanting a sterile surgical mesh to strengthen the weakened abdominal wall. The surgical mesh is made of a strong, sterile, synthetic material which is compatible with the body. As a matter of fact, our bodies typically grow normal tissue into the mesh as time goes by, further strengthening the corrective surgery.
Vaginal hernias should be approached similar to abdominal hernias. A sterile surgical mesh may be utilized to strengthen the weakened tissues to give a long lasting durable repair. There are many different types of “mesh kits” on the market. Rest assure that Dr. Mirhashemi will individualize your treatment and apply the correct technique to your particular case.