Hernia Surgery Specialist

Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C.


Hernias may or may not cause symptoms, but they don’t get better on their own. Hernia surgery is the primary treatment. At the office of Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C. in Fairbanks, Alaska, board-certified general surgeon Timothy Teslow, MD, and his team perform hernia surgery. If you have a hernia and want to schedule a consultation, call the office today.

Hernia Surgery Q & A

What is a hernia?

A hernia occurs when your internal organs or fatty tissue bulge out through a hole or weak spot in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue. Most hernias occur at the abdominal wall. 

With a hernia, you may notice a visible bulge under your skin that retracts when you press on it and reappears when you laugh or cough. 

What are the types of hernias?

The location of your hernia determines the type. Some of the more common types include:

Inguinal hernia

Inguinal hernias occur in the inner groin. These are the most common types of hernias. 

Femoral hernia

A femoral hernia appears in the upper thigh or outer groin area. 

Incisional hernia

You may develop an incisional hernia at the site of your incision or scar following any type of abdominal surgery. 

Ventral hernia

A ventral hernia occurs in the general abdominal area (through the ventral wall).

Umbilical hernia

An umbilical hernia occurs when fatty tissue or a portion of your small intestine pushes through the abdominal area near your belly button. 

Hiatal hernia

A hiatal hernia occurs inside your abdomen when a portion of your stomach pushes through the opening in your diaphragm into your chest cavity. A hiatal hernia may cause gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). 

When do I need hernia surgery?

When you visit the office of Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C., the team conducts a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you need hernia surgery. 

Though hernias don’t get better on their own, the surgeons decide if you would benefit from hernia surgery based on the size of your herniation, your symptoms, and your medical history. 

If you don’t need surgery now, the team may recommend regular follow-up appointments to monitor your hernia and adjust your treatment plan as needed. 

What are the types of hernia surgery?

At Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C., your surgeon may perform an open hernia surgery or minimally invasive hernia surgery.

Open hernia surgery

During open hernia surgery, your surgeon makes an incision near the site of your hernia and repairs the weakened tissue. They may close and reinforce the weakened tissue with sutures or surgical mesh.

Minimally invasive hernia surgery

During minimally invasive hernia surgery, your surgeon uses a laparoscope and small incisions to reinforce the weakened tissue with surgical mesh. 

The type of surgery they perform for your hernia may depend on the location, size, and hernia type, as well as your overall health and lifestyle.

To schedule your hernia surgery consultation at the office of Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C., call the practice today.