Blog Archive

What Makes Men More Susceptible to Hernias? Jul 15th, 2019

The disparity between men and women when it comes to hernias, specifically inguinal hernias, is staggering — one quarter of men will develop this type of hernia, while only 2% of women fall prey. The reason for these skewed numbers comes down to a surprisingly small difference in anatomy. Here...

Summertime Tips to Avoid Melanomas and Other Sun-Related Issues Jun 3rd, 2019

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, outpacing all other cancers combined. Thankfully, most skin cancers are easily treated, but melanoma presents a more dangerous problem — a problem that grew by 50% in the U.S. in the last 10 years. In fact, experts predict...

How to Relieve Groin Pain after Hernia Repair May 23rd, 2019

While no surgery is routine, an inguinal hernia repair is one of the more common and successful general surgeries performed in the United States, with approximately 800,000 procedures done each year. While the majority of patients do well and have a relatively uneventful recovery, a small percentage (up to 15%...

Can Heavy Lifting Give You a Hernia? Apr 11th, 2019

Whether or not heavy lifting caused your hernia — and it may be an important factor — one thing is certain: After you develop a hernia, heavy lifting may speed up the natural progression of the process and can frequently lead to an increase in symptoms . That’s why the...

Recovering from Hernia Repair Surgery: What You Should Know Mar 1st, 2019

Surgery, no matter how routine, is always accompanied by questions and apprehension. If you need surgery for a hernia -- regardless of location -- you want to know what to expect during your recovery. Here at Surgical Associates of North Texas, we give you complete discharge instructions when you’re released...

5 Different Types of Hernias Explained Feb 7th, 2019

A hernia is a condition where the connective tissue that holds your intestines in place (called the fascia) develops a hole or tear.  This allows the organs that it would normally be holding in to protrude through, causing pain and potentially becoming stuck, or incarcerated.  Because of the potentially severe...

How to Tell If You Are Suffering From a Hernia Jan 11th, 2019

A hernia is a catchall term for any internal organ that protrudes through a weak spot into areas where it doesn’t belong. While most hernias don’t pose an immediate threat, they can get worse and cause obstructions, strangulation of the tissue, as well as a considerable amount of pain and...

What Does Melanoma Removal Entail? Dec 12th, 2018

Cancer can be an uphill battle, where the odds never seem to be in your favor. Thanks to advanced surgical techniques, surgeons like Dr. Scott A. deVilleneuve are fighting back, and the odds are ever in their favor with incredibly high cure rates that figure between 94% and 99%. At...

Top 5 Symptoms of Pilonidal Cysts Nov 30th, 2018

A pilonidal cyst is a frequently painful condition that originates in the skin at the base of your spine/upper gluteal crease.  While often present for years before becoming symptomatic, once they do their treatment can be very problematic for several reasons including their often recurrent nature and difficult “pain in...

The Challenge of Diagnosing Hernias in Women Oct 18th, 2018

Hernias are much more common in men than in women which is why inguinal, or groin pain in a man is often originally suspected to be due to an inguinal hernia.  In women, however, this is often not the case. I is not unusual for a female who has a...

When can I return to work after hernia repair surgery? Sep 14th, 2018

First off, in answering this question, you must determine the type of hernia that you are having repaired.  Second, you need to know the general class (laparoscopic/minimally invasive or open) of repair that you had.  For our purposes here, we will divide the discussion into the two main hernia types,...

What are Sports Hernias and how are they repaired? Aug 23rd, 2018

If you enjoy playing soccer on a weekend or bouncing a basketball around in the evening you might be at risk of a sports hernia.  So, what is a sports hernia? Well, it’s not a hernia in the true sense of the word as there’s no bulge or protrusion through...

What to Do Once You’ve Been Diagnosed with a Hernia Jul 30th, 2018

A hernia diagnosis can cause anxiety as you wonder what’s next. It’s natural to have questions. First, know that hernias are extremely common and easily treatable — every year doctors in the United States repair more than 700,000 hernias. With the right surgical care, you can expect to fully recover...

Considering Scar Removal Surgery: What You Need to Know Jun 18th, 2018

Although scars form as a natural part of the healing process your body uses to repair and close wounds, they’re often an unwelcome reminder of a previous injury or surgical procedure. Many scars are removed for cosmetic reasons, but some require treatment because they interfere with range of motion, such...

Common Types of Hernias That May Cause You Pain May 29th, 2018

When you think of muscles, you probably think of movement, one of their most important functions. Many people are unaware of a secondary role that muscles play in keeping your organs in place. The strength and density of muscle tissue is ideal for holding things where they belong. The dense...

How Do Gallstones Form? Apr 26th, 2018

The gallbladder stores bile, a digestive juice that’s released into the small intestine when you eat fat. Gallstones form when the bile abnormally hardens into small lumps of stone-like material.Gallstones form if the bile contains too much cholesterol or too much bilirubin, which is a fluid that forms after our...

Signs You Might Need Gallbladder Surgery Mar 30th, 2018

Gallbladder symptoms can range from minor and annoying to excruciating and unbearable. In some cases, the symptoms are temporary, and an episode passes quickly. However, it is a frequent problem that the symptoms persist or recur, which indicates that the underlying problem needs to be treated.When gallbladder pain occurs, it’s...