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Dr. Jose Erbella performs hernia surgery to repair various types of hernias for patients in the Bradenton, Sarasota, and Gulf Coast Florida area. Surgery is currently the only available option for hernia repair.



A hernia occurs when the inner layer of the abdominal wall are weak and result in a bulge or tear in the lining. This could be caused by heavy strain, aging, or injury. A hernia can be present at birth or develop over time. Intestine or abdominal tissue can push through this opening in the abdominal wall and cause severe pain and further health complications.

The most common types of hernias are:

• Inguinal hernia – in the groin

• Umbilical hernia – in the belly button area

• Incisional hernia – near the incision site of a surgical operation

• Hiatal hernia – in the diaphragm between the abdominal and chest cavities



Dr. Erbella performs hernia surgery using a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure. This involves making several small incisions in the abdomen and inserting specialized surgical instruments and a lighted video camera. A prosthetic mesh is then placed over the weak part of the abdomen wall, which closes the opening and reduces tension on the area to prevent future hernias from occurring in the same place.

Laparoscopic hernia repair is a relatively new technique for hernia surgery. It provides several benefits to the patient over open surgery, including:

• less risk of infection

• shorter recovery time

• less post-op pain



The only treatment for a hernia is surgery. A hernia can often be recognized by a bulge under the skin or pain when lifting heavy objects, coughing, straining during bowel movements or standing for long periods of time. If you think you might have a hernia, contact Dr. Erbella’s office today to schedule a consultation.

Manatee Memorial Hospital, Medical Office Building

250 2nd Street East, Suite 1A

Bradenton, FL 34208

Phone: (941) 896-4788 | Fax: (941) 896-4791