As part of his extensive general surgery background, Dr. Thomas Scarritt is able to offer EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region patients precision diagnosis and treatment for abdominal and GI conditions, including hernias. Dr. Scarritt is skilled and practiced in minimally-invasive techniques, laparoscopic repair, and is an expert hernia surgeon. He can address a number of conditions and diseases, from inguinal and femoral hernias to gallbladder, bowel, and stomach issues.

 Three surgeons in PPE perform abdominal surgery in the operating room.

When Do I Need a Hernia Specialist?

There are several types of hernias, most of which require surgical intervention to repair. Abdominal or “inguinal” hernias are most common, and are identified as a bulge that pokes through muscle layers of the groin. As a hernia repair surgeon, Dr. Scarritt performs both laparoscopic and open surgery to repair a variety of hernias. These include:

  • Inguinal groin hernia
  • Femoral hernia (outer groin, upper thigh area)
  • Ventral/incisional hernia (occurs on or near the site of previous abdominal surgery)
  • Diaphragmatic hernia (birth defect that causes a hole in the diaphragm)
  • Hiatal hernia (when the stomach protrudes through an opening in the diaphragm)

The method of surgery recommended for each person varies based on the type and severity of the hernia. Dr. Scarritt may utilize surgical mesh during hernia surgery to help reinforce the weakened area of the abdominal wall and muscles. Ultimately, a consultation with Dr. Scarritt enables him to create the best treatment plan to help you heal safely and effectively.

When is Abdominal/GI Surgery Needed?

Similar to other types of hernias, there are various conditions that affect the abdomen and gastrointestinal system. This includes diseases of the appendix, esophagus, gallbladder, small bowel, and large bowel. Examples of abdominal/GI procedures performed by Dr. Scarritt include:

  • Appendectomy
  • Colectomy
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Splenectomy

As with hernia surgery, Dr, Scarritt will perform either laparoscopic or open surgery, depending on your specific condition and needs.

Difference Between Open and Laparoscopic Surgery

In addition to the use of a tiny camera, accompanied by small surgical instruments, laparoscopic surgery requires small incisions, compared to those required in traditional open surgery. Depending on the type of laparoscopic surgery and person, recovery may be quicker, and pain and discomfort reduced compared to open surgery.

Dr. Scarritt is an experienced, compassionate hernia doctor. Whatever surgery he recommends, he will do so with your best interest in mind. He will be with you throughout the entire process, including your surgical procedure recovery period. His goal is to return you to the activities you enjoy—safely!

Dr. Scarritt is one of a few hernia surgeons in Raleigh, NC who can offer such expert care. Request a consultation with Dr. Scarritt now. Or, call us at (919) 281-1723 any time to speak with an EmergeOrthoTriangle Region team member.