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Hernias

Inguinal Hernia

A hernia is any time an internal body part bulges into an area it does not belong. An inguinal hernia is when a portion of the intestine bulges through the abdominal wall. This often follows the inguinal canal which, in men, includes the spermatic cord. Although this is not dangerous, it can lead to life threatening complications.

Surgical intervention is needed to prevent life threatening complications. Typically this surgery is performed “open” with an incision near the area of the bulge, but occasionally can be performed laparoscopically with several tiny incisions with the use of a camera. Depending on any previous medical conditions or surgical operations, mesh may be used in addition to the closure of the defect in the abdominal wall.

Symptoms of an inguinal hernia can include:

  • A bulge in the area on either side of your pubic bone
  • A burning, gurgling or aching sensation at the bulge
  • Pain or discomfort in your groin, especially when bending over, coughing or lifting
  • A heavy or dragging sensation in your groin
  • Weakness or pressure in your groin
  • Occasionally, pain and swelling around the testicles when the protruding intestine descends into the scrotum

Umbilical Hernia

A hernia is any time an internal body part bulges into an area it does not belong. An umbilical hernia is when a portion of the intestine bulges through the abdominal wall. It is most commonly found in infants with most closing on their own by 1 year of age. Umbilical hernias can also present in adults. Surgery is needed to correct the hernia.

In kids, surgery is needed when the area is painful, the bulge becomes trapped, or the intestines are blocked. The child’s age and size of the hernia can also determine if surgery is needed.

In adults, surgery is needed to prevent complications. If an umbilical hernia becomes painful or larger in size, surgery may be required. Depending on any previous medical conditions or surgical operations, mesh may be used in addition to the closure of the defect in the abdominal wall.

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Incisional Hernia (Ventral Hernia)

A hernia is any time an internal body part bulges into an area it does not belong. An incisional hernia, also known as a ventral hernia, typically forms in an area from a previous abdominal surgery. Usually internal fat bulges through the abdominal muscles causing pain. If internal organs, such as bowel, enter through the hole this can become life threatening.

Surgery is needed to prevent complications. Depending on any previous medical conditions or surgical operations, mesh may be used in addition to the closure of the defect in the abdominal wall.

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Diastasis Recti

Some people have a bulge in the middle of their abdomen which extends from the breast bone down to the umbilicus. This may only be noticed when you sit up from a lying position. This is not a true hernia. Diastasis recti is commonly associated with lifting weights, rapid weight gain, or pregnancy. Incorrect exercise form may increase the diastasis recti gap. In extreme cases, this can be corrected with cosmetic surgery.

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