When an organ pushes through the muscle or tissue that usually holds it in place, you have a hernia. This most frequently occurs in the abdomen, but may also happen in the groin, around the belly button, or in the upper thigh.
A hernia isn’t usually immediately life-threatening, but they don’t heal on their own, and serious complications can sometimes arise if a hernia is left untreated.
Usually, hernias occur because of an area of weakness combined with some level of strain. That weakness may occur because of age, chronic coughing, damage from surgery or injury, or congenital failure of the abdominal wall to close fully during your time in the womb. Common strains that may precipitate tissue failure include:
Though there are four main types of hernias, inguinal hernias comprise about 70% of the cases, and of these, more are suffered by men. Just after birth, a male’s testicles descend through the inguinal canal, which normally closes up completely after they pass. In some cases, a gap or weak spot remains, the site of a hernia down the road, when a section of intestine pushes through.
Other types of hernias include:
Since spontaneous healing doesn’t occur with adult hernias, surgery is the only permanent option. Some hernia conditions are treatable using laparoscopic and robotically assisted laparoscopic surgical techniques, specialties of our surgeons. Minimally invasive techniques require much shorter recovery times, which can stretch up to six weeks for open surgery techniques.
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