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Services > Hernia Surgery
A hernia is a weakness or tear in the abdominal wall which allows the inner lining of the abdomen to push through and form a sac. The hernia may fill with intestine or tissue which then may become incarcerated or obstructed, causing a potentially serious health risk.
Hernias can occur at birth or over time, due to stress and strain. There are different types of hernias, but the majority of them occur in the abdominal wall at the groin, the navel, or at a site of healed surgical incisions.
Hernias are usually caused by an increase in pressure within the abdominal cavity due to heavy lifting, straining, violent coughing, obesity or pregnancy.
Hernia repairs are one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the United States.
There are several surgical options available to repair a hernia:
- Standard Mesh Repair:
This is the proven Gold Standard Technique for hernia repair. A limited incision is made over the hernia and the defect is closed with a piece of thin plastic screening-like material which bridges the gap and becomes embedded in the surrounding tissue. The incision is typically closed with buried sutures. Our surgeons perform hundreds of these repairs annually with good results.
- Laparoscopic Repair:
This is a newer technique which is done by accessing the abdominal cavity through several smaller incisions and attaching the mesh from the inside. While controversy exists as to the advantages of this approach, it is an established alternative to the standard repair
Doctors specializing in this area are: