The most common type of hernia occurs when there is a tear or weakness in the abdominal wall muscles and an organ (most often the intestines) or body fat may push out of its normal place in the abdomen. This bulge or protrusion is generally known as a hernia. Though hernias are often painless, they can cause discomfort and should never be ignored.
Our surgical team has specialized training and experience in providing state-of-the-art surgical treatment for a variety of hernia problems from routine to the most complex hernia cases, including:
- Umbilical – this hernia under the belly button can often be repaired under sedation.
- Inguinal – this is the most common hernia and is located in the groin; it can be fixed under sedation or general anesthesia, possibly laparoscopically.
- Ventral and incisional – these hernias are usually the result of earlier surgery on the abdomen; surgery is usually done laparoscopically but can also be done with a combination of open and laparoscopic techniques.
- Hiatal – hiatal hernias and other defects in the diaphragm separating the chest from the abdomen; this could include surgery to correct acid reflux.
- Abdominal wall reconstruction.
- Other – femoral, lumbar, obturator, spigelian hernias, etc. - which are uncommon, but we have experience in treating.
- Recurrent – hernias can come back, even if the first repair was the best possible, because of wound healing issues, infection, chronic overuse, smoking or other factors.