Hernias occur when an organ or tissue squeezes through a weak spot in muscle or connective tissue.
- Inguinal and femoral hernias are found in the groin.
- Umbilical hernias are in the belly button, and hiatal hernias occur in the upper part of the stomach.
- Ventral hernias, which are often referred to as incisional hernias, develop as a bulge between the muscles in the abdominal wall. They may occur following pregnancy, following weight gain, or at an abdominal incision site.
Prompt Hernia Treatment Is Important
Hernias cannot heal on their own and can increase your risk of complications. We will assess your condition promptly and recommend the most effective approach, including a variety of surgical options. When appropriate, small incisions may be used that cause less pain and help you recover faster. When larger, complex hernias are present, or risk factors and complications such as infection are a concern, larger incisions may be necessary. Choosing the right treatment for your condition increases the likelihood you will have a positive outcome, and decreases the risk of complications and hernia recurrence.