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Hernia

Here is a list of frequently asked questions we are asked every day. If you have any additional questions regarding hernias, please feel free to email us, write it in our contact form, or book an appointment.

So, you have questions...

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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If I do nothing, will a hernia heal on its own?

The short answer is No, it WILL NOT:

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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.

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Is my groin pain caused by a hernia?

Are you dealing with nagging pain in the groin area, some of the time or all of the time? Could it be just a strained muscle or is it something serious?

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Are hernias dangerous?

Not always, but sometimes they can be life-threatening!

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Can I exercise if I have a hernia?

You think you might have a hernia and you wonder if it is safe to exercise?

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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. 

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When should I see a surgeon?

The time to repair a hernia is when it is first noticed or diagnosed.

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How do I choose the right surgeon?

Choosing the Right Surgeon can help you avoid hernia recurrence and other complications.

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Is surgery the only cure for a hernia?

A hernia will not heal on its own and will never go away without intervention.

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What are the different types of hernia repairs?

There are "tissue repairs" and "mesh repairs."

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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.

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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

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Is hernia Mesh Safe?

Use of hernia mesh is safe and very effective.

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How are hernias repaired?

There are many different techniques, surgical approaches, and modalities for hernia surgery.

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Is hernia surgery painful?

At AHS, we take very specific and extra measures to keep patients comfortable both during and after surgery.

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What is the recovery time after hernia surgery?

Not long at all if you take it easy!

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Do the surgeons at the AHS Center specialize in hernias?

Yes, and we are absolutely the best at what we do.

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