The surgeons at North Orlando Surgical Group have a combined total of 45 years of experience offering surgical services to the community. We pride ourselves on providing the least invasive, innovative surgical techniques in an environment focused on quality care and exemplary customer service. Our physicians have performed thousands of hernia repairs with a very low complication rate. We recognize that surgery is a frightening proposition and we pride ourselves in assuring confidence in our abilities while getting you through the process with caring and compassion.
Specializing in Inguinal, Ventral, Hiatal, & Incisional Hernia Repair
Dr. Dennis Diaz completed his residency training in general surgery at the University of Florida in Jacksonville. After residency he completed an additional year of training, known as a Fellowship, in Minimally Invasive Surgery. He decided upon a Fellowship because he wanted to obtain more experience in minimally invasive surgery of the foregut focusing on hernia and colon surgeries. He joined North Orlando Surgical Group in 2010. Since that time he has performed over 450 hernia repairs of all types.
A hernia is best described as a weakness on the inside layers of the abdominal wall which then bulge or tear. The inner lining of the abdomen pushes through the weakened area to form a balloon-like sac. This, in turn, can cause a loop of intestine or abdominal tissue to slip into the sac, causing pain and other potentially serious health problems.
Types of Hernias:
An inguinal hernia is found in the groins. An incisional hernia appears as a bulge under an existing scar.
A ventral hernia is a type of abdominal hernia that commonly occurs along the midline of the abdominal wall, although they can occur at any location on the abdominal wall. They can also occur at the umbilicus otherwise known as the belly button.
A hiatal hernia is the protrusion of an organ, typically the stomach, through an esophageal opening in the diaphragm
An individual may or may not experience pain with a hernia. They may, however, notice a bulge in the groins, beneath an incision or at any location on the abdominal wall. You may awake feeling fine and develop an increasing bulge, pain or tenderness throughout the day. In most cases, the bulge will disappear when an individual lays flat. If ignored, the bulge tends to increase in size. If a patient develops redness or pain at the area of bulge, this may be a sign of incarceration. Incarcerated hernias involve tissue which becomes trapped, which means that the blood supply could potentially be cut off as the herniated material is squeezed. In the case of hernias involving the intestines, the intestines can become obstructed in an incarcerated hernia, causing nausea, are considered surgical emergencies, and they require immediate medical treatment to avoid serious complications.
Dr. Diaz and the other surgeons of North Orlando Surgical Group repair the majority of hernia laparoscopically. Laparoscopic surgery, also called ”minimally invasive surgery” (MIS)”, bandaid surgery”, ”keyhole surgery” is a modern surgical technique in which operations in the abdomen are performed through small incisions (usually 0.5–1.5 cm) as compared to larger incisions needed in traditional surgical procedures.
This surgical technique facilitates a faster recovery and return to the activities of daily living. In many instances, patients undergoing laparoscopic surgery can return to work within a few days to one week. Many of these surgical procedures can be performed at an outpatient surgery center at a significantly lower cost.