Treat unpleasant tissue breakdowns professionally

The medical term for a hernia is colloquially known as a hernia. This does not mean broken bones, but rather weaknesses in an organic structure that lead to a bulge in the further course. In many cases, organs are pushed or shifted from their original physical position to other areas, which can also be visually recognisable.

Known hernias are, for example, umbilical hernia, incisional hernia, inguinal hernia or hiatal hernia.

In addition to the unpleasant physical sensations and sometimes also cosmetic impairments, a hernia can also lead to disturbances in the respective organ function and even to dramatic courses of disease. Therefore, even smaller or inconspicuous hernias should initially be treated by a specialist.

Complicated hernias require interdisciplinary intervention

Complex hernias are not only associated with the familiar visual appearances, but also with severe pain and, in extreme cases, disruption of the respective organ function. Surgical intervention is urgently required here, but this should rarely be based on the hernia alone, but also on the environmental conditions in the physical surroundings. Finally, it is a question of treating the hernia itself on the one hand, but on the other hand also of recognising the conditions of its development and, if possible, ruling them out for the future.

Our patients in the swiss1chirurgie clinic (Berner Viszeralchirurgie Steffen AG) benefit from the interdisciplinary interaction of medical experts. In our clinic we have all the possibilities to discuss and treat complicated hernias in a multidisciplinary team. In this way, radiologists, physiotherapists, internists and of course the operating surgeons can achieve the best conditions for a successful course of treatment in interdisciplinary work.

Modern surgical planning and surgical experience

Surgical planning using computer tomography (CT) and derived 3D animation is extremely helpful for a promising treatment approach. This gives us clear impressions in the team of how the hernia has formed, what its dimensions are and which surgical method is most promising.

Subsequently, the patients are treated precisely according to the clinical picture. Superfluous interventions are avoided and interventions are always carried out to the extent that exactly fits the picture of the hernia obtained.

Smaller hernias, i.e. tissue openings of up to 2 centimetres, are usually closed directly. Anything above this requires laparoscopic surgery, which also involves the use of nets. These nets securely close the affected hernia and prevent the recurrence of a hernia at the same site to within one percent. Without the use of nets, the risk of recurrence of the fracture was about ten percent with the corresponding need for repeat surgical interventions.

Incidentally, nets are also used almost without exception in high-risk patients, such as overweight people, in order to largely reduce the risk of a new fracture in the same part of the body.

Overall, we thus ensure an extremely professional treatment of hernias, which is associated with the lowest possible risk and the highest degree of quality of life to be gained, especially for our patients.

The surgery team of the swiss1chirurgie clinic (Berner Viszeralchirurgie Steffen AG9 with Dr. Jörg Zehetner and Dr. Rudolf Steffen stands for professional surgery that is first and foremost committed to people.