Hernia Repair

Hernia Repair Surgery in Houston at Surgical Associates of Southern Texas

Hernia specialist in Houston for Hernia Repair surgery. Seeing patients at Katy, Sugar Land centers.

Surgical Associates of Southern Texas have the expertise to repair Hernia. They are experienced and trained to do Hernia Repair Surgery. We can help in understanding your pain better and help you receive the right treatment from the specialist of abdominal surgery. We are located at katy, TX and Sugar Land. TX.  Our hernia specialist is board-certified general surgeon and surgical oncologist, with many years of expericnce on hernia repair surgery.

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What is a Hernia, What is the treatment for Hernia?

When the abdominal wall presents itself with a bulge or even pain it is most likely to be a Hernia. It is a hole in the wall of the abdomen, which helps in the prevention of bowel strangulation. Bowel strangulation can sometimes be life treating if it goes untreated. In case the case of the hernia is severe and requires surgical intervention, we at Surgical Associates of Southern Texas attempt to make the Hernia Repair Treatment minimally invasive to help speedy recovery and also limit the pain caused. We are located at 410 W Grand Pkwy S Suite 4D, Katy, TX 77494, and serving the greater Houston area for Hernia Repair Surgery. Please feel free to call 713-955-9191 for a consultation.

There are several different techniques for hernia repair surgery, including open surgery and laparoscopic surgery. Robotic hernia repair is a newer technique that uses a surgical robot to perform the surgery. The choice between traditional hernia repair surgery and robotic hernia repair will depend on the patient’s individual needs and the surgeon’s recommendation. It’s important to discuss the benefits and risks of each option with our specialist to make an informed decision.

Recovery time after hernia surgery

The type of hernia you have can affect the complexity of the surgery and the likelihood of complications. Inguinal hernias are the most commonly occurring type and generally have a lower risk of complications than other types of hernias.

Recovery time after hernia surgery depends of the type of surgery you undergo. Laparoscopic or robotic hernia surgeries are less invasive and may allow for a quicker recovery compared to open surgery.

Age can also be a factor in the recovery process, as younger patients tend to heal more quickly than older patients. Additionally, overall health can play a role, with relatively healthy patients often experiencing a faster recovery compared to those with preexisting health conditions.

The experience level of your hernia surgeon can also be a significant factor in your recovery. Research has shown that undergoing hernia surgery with an experienced surgeon can lower your risk of complications and improve your overall outcome. It is important to research and choose a qualified surgeon with a proven track record for performing hernia surgeries.

What Are Some Common Symptoms of Hernia

  • Severe nausea and vomiting
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Constipation and heartburn
  • Bulge or lump protruding in the affected area
  • Consistent pain in the affected area

*Note: Some might not experience any pain, discomfort or noticeable symptoms

What Are The Types of Hernias?

  • Inguinal Hernia: This type of Hernia involves the groin as well.
  • Hiatal: This type of Hernia also affects and involves the diaphragm.
  • Ventral: There are several kinds of ventral hernias such as incisional, epigastric, umbilical, abdominal, etc.

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Coast For Hernia Surgery

The cost of your HERNIA surgery in Houston is variable depending on specific insurance plans that patients have as well as the facility where the surgery is performed. Dr. Shakir performs this surgery at various hospitals as well as outpatient surgery centers to bring the cost down to the minimum for the patient. We are also in network with all major insurance plans and patients who do not have insurance are also given special self-pay rates. At Surgical Associates of Southern Texas, we believe in providing care to everyone irrespective of their social economic status and keeping the cost of surgery in mind.

General Surgeon Katy Houston

Dr. Murtaza Shakir has been ranked as one of the top doctors of General surgery in Houston, as per Houstonia


Our Surgeon

Board-certified General Surgeon and Surgical Oncologist

Dr. Shakir is a board-certified General Surgeon and Surgical Oncologist working in Katy and SUGAR LAND. After graduating from Medical School at Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan, he ventured to complete his residency in General Surgery at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He also specializes in providing the most cutting edge and personalized treatment for patients with Breast Cancer.


Specialized Surgeron

As a general surgeon he provides expert treatment of common general surgical problems like Gallbladder Surgery and Hernia Repair and complex abdominal wall reconstruction.


General Surgeon & Surgical Oncologist

Being the only Board Certified Surgical Oncologist outside of the Texas Medical Center, Dr. Shakir specializes in treatment of various Malignancies ranging from Colon, Rectal, Liver and Pancreatic cancer

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Hernia- General Information Only

A hernia is most commonly found between our chest and hips. Hernias are common, affecting 15 people out of every 1,000 in the United States. In the United States, approximately 700,000 hernia repairs are performed each year. Mass Researchers have looked into why some people develop hernias while others do not. Both genetic factors (mostly related to collagen, one of our muscles’ structural proteins) and acquired factors (such as infection or obesity) play a role.

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More About Hernia

When an organ pushes through a hole in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place, it causes a hernia. There are no or few symptoms in many cases, though we may notice a swelling or lump in the tummy (abdomen) or groyne. This peritoneal defect allows organs and tissues to push through or herniate, resulting in a bulge. Inguinal hernias, femoral hernias, umbilical hernias, and hiatal hernias are some of the different types of hernias that can occur. Hernias can be dangerous in addition to affecting quality of life. When a section of intestine is strangled inside a tight hernia, it may be cut off from an adequate blood supply and die. It is critical to treat a hernia as soon as possible.

Types of hernia

Hernias come in a variety of shapes and sizes. We’ll look at some of the most common ones here.

Inguinal hernias

An inguinal hernia emerges when tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles, such as part of the intestine. They are visible as a groyne bulge. Groin hernias, which are more common in men than in women, can grow quite large, descend towards the testicles, and distort the testicular sac. An inguinal hernia is not always dangerous.

However, it does not improve on its own and can lead to life-threatening complications. The majority of groyne hernias are repaired with a long-lasting, tension-free mesh insert. Non-mesh repairs, on the other hand, are an option and can be performed under local or general anaesthesia, depending on the patient’s condition and preference.

Umbilical hernias

Umbilical hernia occurs when a portion of our intestine bulges through a hole in your abdominal muscles near your bellybutton. This type of hernia can develop in babies if the opening in the belly through which the umbilical cord moves fails to seal properly after birth. A soft swelling or bulge near the navel is caused by an umbilical hernia. The bulge in a baby with an umbilical hernia may be visible only when they cry, cough, or strain. Children’s umbilical hernias are usually painless. Umbilical hernias that develop in adulthood can cause abdominal pain.

Femoral hernias

A femoral hernia is a relatively uncommon type of hernia. Femoral hernias can emerge as a painful lump in the internal upper thigh or groyne. When we lie down, the lump is often pushed back in or disappears. The lump may appear as a result of coughing or straining. Femoral hernias are more common in women than in men. Femoral hernias are uncommon in the general population. The majority of groyne hernias are inguinal, and only about 3% of all hernias are femoral. The majority of femoral hernias do not cause signs and symptoms. Femoral hernias can be healed surgically by pushing the bulge back into position and strengthening the belly wall frailty.

Hiatus hernias

A hiatus hernia, also known as a hiatal hernia, occurs when part of the stomach pushes up into the chest through a hole in the diaphragm. A hiatus hernia occurs when a portion of the stomach protrudes into the chest. It’s very common in people over the age of 50. If it is not causing any issues, it usually does not require treatment. It’s unknown what tends to cause hiatus hernia, but it could be due to the diaphragm weakening with age or abdominal stress. The preferred treatment options are lifestyle changes and medication. Surgery is generally advised only as a substitute to long-term medication or when other treatment options have failed.

What exactly causes a hernia?

All hernias ultimately result from a combination of pressure and a muscle or fascia opening or weakness; the pressure pushes an organ or tissue through the opening or weak spot. Muscle weakness can actually happen at birth, but it is more common later in life.

Umbilical hernias can develop during pregnancy when the umbilical cord passes through an opening in the abdominal muscles of an infant. Normally, the opening closes shortly after a baby is born. An umbilical hernia can occur at birth or later in life if the muscles in the middle of the abdominal wall do not fully join together. Obesity, multiple pregnancies, and previous abdominal surgery can all cause excessive abdominal pressure in adults, which can lead to umbilical hernias.

Weakened muscles, ageing, or repetitive strain on the abdominal and groyne areas can all lead to inguinal and femoral hernias. Regular exercise, lifting heavy objects, obesity, repeated coughing, or bowel problems can all contribute to this strain.


What are the signs and symptoms of a hernia?


When lying down, a hernia in the abdomen or groyne can cause a visible lump or bulge that can be pushed back in or disappear. Laughing, crying, coughing, straining throughout a bowel movement, or engaging in physical activity may cause the lump to pop back up after it has been pressed into the colon. Other signs of a hernia include:


  • Swelling or bulging in the groyne or scrotum
  • Elevated pain at the bulge site.
  • discomfort while lifting.
  • The size of the bulge grows larger over time.
  • A dull aching feeling.
  • A feeling of fullness or signs of bowel obstruction
  • There are no bulges on the outside of the body in the case of hiatal hernias.

Hernias do not always cause symptoms. We  may not realise we have a hernia until it is discovered during a medical exam for an unrelated issue or a routine physical.

Diagnosis of Hernia

Physical examination usually reveals or feels a bulge in the area where a hernia has formed. The doctor feels the area around the testicles and groyne while the patient coughs as part of a typical physical exam for inguinal hernias in men. Soft-tissue imaging, such as a CT scan, can accurately diagnose the condition in some cases.
The doctor may also advise to get an MRI scan, especially if anyone have pain that worsens when they exercise. In the early stages, sports can cause a hernia with no visible bulge, but an MRI can detect a tear in the abdominal muscles. If the patient is a woman in her childbearing years, the doctor may recommend an ultrasound to rule out other pelvic conditions that can cause abdominal pain.

Hernia Repair Surgery

Hernias rarely heal on their own, and surgery may be the only way to repair them. The physician may simply want to keep an eye on the hernia for any complications. This method is known as watchful waiting.

Wearing a truss may help to alleviate hernia symptoms in some cases. A truss is a supportive undergarment that aids in the retention of the hernia. Before using a truss, always consult with the doctor to ensure that it fits properly. Hernia surgery can be performed in one of three ways:

Open surgery

An incision or cut in the groyne is made for open hernia repair. The bulging intestine is identified in the hernia “sac.” The hernia is then pushed back into the abdomen and the abdominal wall is strengthened with stitches or synthetic mesh. Most patients can go home a few hours after surgery and will be fine in a few days.

Laparoscopic surgery

The same types of repairs are performed during laparoscopic surgery. Instead of a cut to the outside of the abdomen or groyne, tiny incisions are made to allow surgical tools to be inserted to complete the procedure.

Robotic Surgery for Hernia Rapair

Robotic surgery is a newer technique for hernia repair in which the surgeon sits at a console and controls the surgical instruments from the console. In the operating room, the surgeon sits at a console and operates the surgical instruments from there. While robotic surgery can be used to repair minor hernias, it cannot be used to reconstruct the abdominal wall.

What can happen if we don’t treat a hernia?

Hernias, with the exception of umbilical hernias in babies, do not go away on their own. A hernia can become larger and more painful over time, or it can develop complications.

Untreated inguinal or femoral hernias can lead to the many complications. Part of the intestine will become stuck in the inguinal canal, causing nausea, throwing up, stomach problems, and a painful lump in the groyne. Strangulation takes place when a portion of the intestine is trapped in such a way that its blood supply is cut off. In such cases, immediate surgery within hours of the occurrence is required to prevent tissue death.

What Are The Common Causes Of Hernias?

  • Lifestyle and other demographic factors
  • Pregnancy or being overweight/obese
  • Severe chronic coughing
  • Constipation/straining bowel movements
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Heavy weight lifting


How Clients Review Our Service..

Dr. Shakir saved the life of my wife. She suffered a ruptured colon late on a Saturday night during the peak of the COVID-19. He operated on her late that same night. As I was not allowed into the hospital, I only received phone calls before and after the operation. He talked to me the next day and made it very clear to me that her recovery would be a day at a time concern and that she was very sick. I very much felt that she was in very capable and professional care. A few months later he was able to perform a reversal operation to make her whole again. We are very pleased with the outcome of this set of events and we are forever grateful for his skill as a surgeon and doctor.


Wendy Brown

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Dr. Shakir saved the life of my wife. She suffered a ruptured colon late on a Saturday night during the peak of the COVID-19. He operated on her late that same night. As I was not allowed into the hospital, I only received phone calls before and after the operation. He talked to me the next day and made it very clear to me that her recovery would be a day at a time concern and that she was very sick. I very much felt that she was in very capable and professional care. A few months later he was able to perform a reversal operation to make her whole again. We are very pleased with the outcome of this set of events and we are forever grateful for his skill as a surgeon and doctor.


Wendy Brown

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