Hernias in children occur commonly. They are usually caused by an abdominal wall defect that is present at birth.
Most often, pediatric hernia forms in the groin or the umbilical area. It can usually be felt as a bulge under the skin.
Pediatric hernias can be safely repaired using an outpatient surgery. Most children recover quickly with only minor discomfort. However, in the hands of an inexperienced or negligent surgeon or hospital staff, what should be a normal, successful surgical procedure could turn out to be otherwise. If your child has suffered serious complications as a result of a pediatric hernia surgery error, you may be entitled to file a medical malpractice claim and seek compensation for medical expenses, loss, pain and suffering.
What happens during a pediatric hernia surgery?
Your child will be given an IV to provide fluids and medications. You will then meet with an anesthesiologist to talk about anesthesia used to prevent pain during surgery. The type of surgery your child has depends on where the hernia is located. During the surgery, an incision is made in the lower abdomen. Any protruding tissue is pushed back into place. The hernia sac is then removed and the incision closed with sutures.
When the surgery is successful, your child will be able to go back home the same day as the surgery and have a smooth recovery at home. But if there are complications, life can become a lot more difficult. Some of the risks and complications that can occur during or after a poorly performed surgery including:
Bowel or bladder injury
Damage to testicles or ovaries
Numbness or pain in the groin or leg
Inability to urinate
Hernia could recur