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A hernia occurs when an internal organ or fatty tissue protrudes into another area of the body through a weak spot in the muscle or fascia. There are several different types of hernias, including the inner groin (inguinal), outer groin (femoral), navel (umbilical), upper abdomen (hiatal), and those resulting from a previous incision (incisional). They are caused by muscle weakness, heavy lifting, even coughing or sneezing. If you are experiencing discomfort or the hernia is growing, your doctor may recommend surgery to repair it.


A traditional hernia repair is performed through a small incision near the hernia site. The surgeon will manually reinsert the herniated material back to the proper position, and the weakened tissues are stitched back together. This repair is sometimes reinforced with mesh depending on size and location. For some patients, hernia repair may be performed through laparoscopic surgery. While this method requires other tools and several incisions to perform, pain and downtime after surgery are minimal.

Your doctor will evaluate your symptoms and help you to create a plan to address your specific issues. A hernia will not resolve on its own; however, some hernias may not need repair. Like with any other surgery, if you experience fever, redness or oozing of the incision, or severe pain, please seek medical attention immediately. Complications from hernia surgery are rare but not impossible. Call today to speak with a Sulphur Surgical Clinic representative, and take control of your whole body wellness.


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