Hernias occur when internal tissue or an organ pushes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall, usually creating an uncomfortable bulge that protrudes from the stomach, groin or surrounding areas.
Left untreated, hernias can grow, leading to more pain and additional health problems.
Causes of Hernias
Hernias can occur among men or women of any age. Even children and infants can experience hernias. Risk factors for hernias include:
- Abdominal injuries
- Birth defects where the abdominal wall isn’t fully developed
- Being overweight
- Chronic, persistent coughing
- Scarring from previous abdominal surgeries
- Straining during bowel movements
- Strenuous activity and heavy lifting
Signs of a hernia are usually obvious. You may experience discomfort, pain or tenderness in the abdominal area. You may also notice a small bulge. If the hernia is not apparent, additional exams and imaging tests — like an ultrasound, CT scan or MRI — may be needed to make a diagnosis.
A Minimally Invasive Approach to Hernia Repair
Advancements in laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery have led to less-invasive treatment options for most types of hernias, with smaller incisions, less scarring and faster, more comfortable recoveries.
At Tanner, we offer the latest minimally invasive approaches to hernia repair, including robotic-assisted techniques.
Not all hernias require surgery. A doctor can discuss in detail the types of treatment available to you and suggest the best course of treatment.
Learn more about the advanced level of surgical care available at Tanner online at SurgeryAtTanner.org. You can also read how hernia repair impacted one man's life.