Types of Hernias We Treat
Do you have pain in your abdomen or groin? Does it hurt when you cough, strain or exercise?
Then you might be one of the millions of Americans with a hernia. And though some people live with the pain for years, unfortunately, hernias don’t go away on their own.
At Memorial Hospital Pembroke, our specialized hernia program treats all types of hernias. We also offer abdominal wall reconstruction, which you may need if you have a large hernia removed.
What Is a Hernia?
A hernia occurs when an internal organ pushes through the muscle or other tissue that surrounds it. They’re most common in the:
- Abdominal area
- Upper thigh
Hernia symptoms vary depending on what type of hernia you have. They most often include:
- A lump in the abdominal area, groin or upper thigh
- Pain, burning or pressure that gets worse during physical strain
In more severe cases when the intestines are blocked, symptoms can also include:
- Problems with digestion
- Severe or sudden pain
- Nausea and vomiting
If you’re experiencing any of these severe symptoms, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Can a Hernia Heal Itself?
A hernia won’t go away on its own, and, as hernias progress, they can become more difficult to treat. It’s best to get hernia surgery when it’s elective — and not after it becomes an emergency.
Our team of surgeons treats you whether you’ve been living in pain for years or your symptoms have just begun.
Types of Hernias Treated at Memorial Hospital Pembroke
Our hernia program treats every type of hernia, including:
- Inguinal hernia: Part of your intestine pushes through a weak spot in your groin. These are the most common type of hernia, affecting 25% of men at some point in their lives.
- Umbilical hernia: Part of the intestine moves into the opening between your stomach muscles, near the belly button.
- Ventral hernia: Part of your intestine pushes through your abdomen. Many are “incisional hernias,” resulting from an incision made during abdominal surgery.
- Parastomal hernia: Part of your intestine bulges around a stoma (a surgically-made opening in the abdomen that collects waste).
Other Types of Hernia We Treat
We also treat:
- Sports hernia: Weaknesses in the soft tissue surrounding the lower abdomen or groin area can cause sports hernias.
- Traumatic hernia: Blunt trauma to the abdominal area causes this rare type of hernia.
- Hernia with separation of the abdominal muscles: Also called diastasis of the rectus abdominis or DRA, your abdomen can stretch either due to weight gain or pregnancy and a hernia can develop. At our hernia program, we fix both of these conditions with one minimally invasive procedure that’s covered by most health insurance plans. We’re one of the only hospitals in the country to offer this revolutionary robotic surgery.
We also welcome people who have:
- Chronic pain from hernias
- Recurrent hernias
- Mesh issues from prior hernia surgeries
Why Choose Us for Your Hernia Treatment
From your first appointment with us to your return to the activities that you enjoy, our hernia program was designed to give you the best care possible every step of the way. Even if your case is complex, our hernia doctors will use their experience and skill to uncover the best treatment for your situation. Here’s what else sets our hernia treatment apart:
- Hernia-focused treatment center: Hernias are our specialty. We treat every type of hernia, big or small, complicated or straightforward. And we take most major forms of insurance.
- Minimally invasive techniques: We specialize in minimally invasive hernia surgeries, which have faster recovery times and lower rates of recurrence. In some cases, you could leave the hospital the same day and be back to your regular self in a week. Learn more about what to expect when you undergo hernia repair.
- Abdominal wall reconstruction expertise: Our surgeons also have years of experience in abdominal wall reconstruction, which you may need if your hernia is large, or if you’ve received several prior surgeries.
Whether you’ve recently developed a hernia, have a recurrent hernia that’s caused years of pain or have been refused by other doctors, we’re here to help.
To schedule an appointment or learn more about our hernia and abdominal wall reconstruction program, call 954-276-0898.
If you’re a physician and would like to refer a patient to our hernia program, call 954-276-0898.