A hernia occurs when the inner lining of the abdominal cavity bulges or protrudes through a tear in the abdominal wall. Hernias are among the most common problems that general surgeons treat. Hernias can appear at any time in men as well as women. Once they occur, they do not resolve on their own, so surgery is necessary.
Symptoms of a Hernia
In most cases a hernia can be felt and even seen under the skin. In addition to visual evidence, hernias sometimes present with pain in the region, though not always.
Types of Hernias
There are three primary kinds of hernias that we treat:
- Inguinal/femoral hernias, which are located in the groin
- Ventral/incisional hernias which are located in the abdominal wall
- Paraesophageal hernias, which are located at the bottom of the esophagus and commonly known as hiatal hernias or stomach hernias
The only way to cure a hernia is through surgery. Since there are so many types of hernias and given the unique needs of each person, there are many different approaches to surgery and recovery. Our surgeons will guide you through the best approach for you.
Many hernias can be repaired laparoscopically, which is great news for patients. This reduces scarring and hospital stays. It also speeds up recoveries. Furthermore, because the incisions made are small, this could also lower the chance for recurring incisional hernias.