So, you have questions...
What is a hernia?
There are many different types of hernias. They are all, however, are variations on a theme. Hernias are a "hole" or "defect," and the type of hernia gets it's name from whatever it is a "hole" in. A hernia occurs when an internal organ or other body part protrudes through the wall of muscle or tissue that normally contains it. Most hernias occur within the abdominal cavity, between the chest and the hips.
What causes a hernia?
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with a hernia and are not sure what caused it? Learn from the hernia surgeons at the Advanced Hernia Specialists about what causes hernias, what factors put you at higher risk of developing one and how to prevent them.
How do I know if I have a hernia?
Do you notice a bulge in your abdomen or groin that you think might be a hernia? Are you experiencing pain in this area?
What are the different types of hernia?
A hernia is a bulge or swelling that may appear when tissues, intestines, or organs from inside push through layers of the abdominal wall to the outside. The most common types of hernias are in the belly or groin areas.
What are the symptoms of a hernia?
Often hernias are painless and are noted only as a bulge or swelling. Hernias however can also be very painful. In both cases, if left untreated, hernias can lead to serious complications, and can even be life-threatening.
Can I exercise if I have a hernia?
You think you might have a hernia and you wonder if it is safe to exercise?
Can I prevent getting a hernia?
A hernia can have many causes, and many causes are not preventable. It is possible in many cases, however, to prevent one from getting significantly worse until it can be repaired.
Is it necessary to use hernia mesh?
Use of mesh to repair hernias is the most common type of repair today. It is not always necessary, but there are instances when it is the only option.
What is the difference between "tissue" and "mesh" repair?
A “tissue repair” is performed using the patient’s own muscle and tendon (called fascia) to close the hernia defect (hole). This closure is typically performed using stitches (sutures), though some surgeons may use metal tacks or staples. A mesh repair involves reinforcing the closure with a natural or synthetic mesh fabric