A hernia is a weakness or a hole in the abdomen. More often than not, things poke through these openings. Some of the things that can be found in hernias are intestines and fat from inside the abdomen.
The 4 most common signs you have a hernia are the following:
-Swelling beneath the skin of the abdomen or groin
-Swelling that gets better when you lie down or flatten out
-Discomfort in the abdomen or groin when lifting or bending over
-Heartburn and upper abdominal pain
If you have any of these symptoms, or think you may have a hernia, fill out the form below to speak with one of our surgeons. Surgery can alleviate all of these symptoms and more, while closing the hole in the abdomen.
If you have any suspicions, the first step is to consult your family physician or a hernia specialist right away. If you do have a hernia, the quicker you address it, the less likely you are to have other related injuries or problems.
In general, most hernias can be repaired surgically. Without surgery a hernia will not go away or repair itself.
If you wish to talk to our professional medical staff at The Hernia Center of Utah, fill out the form below or give us a call and we will provide you with assistance over the phone.
Hernia surgery can be done with open incisions or small incisions and a camera (laparoscopically).
Here at The Hernia Center, we do over 95% of our hernia repairs laparoscopically. This means smaller incisions, smaller recovery times, and smaller scars, if any. Our surgeons are all laparoscopic specialists.
Usually the hernia is repaired by covering the affected abdominal hole or defect with a piece of mesh. this mesh grows into the abdominal wall, and you cannot feel the mesh after the surgery.
In the past a lot of hernias came back after surgery. Nowadays, with the laproscopic mesh procedure, we see very few hernia repairs that resurface.
Groin hernias, belly button hernias, and hernias from previous surgery are the most common types of hernias.
Hiatal hernias are also very common. This is when the stomach is pushed through a hole in the diaphragm and into the chest cavity. This is one of the leading causes of heartburn and acid reflux, which are a symptom of a hiatal hernia.
If hernias go untreated, they may lead to more pain, swelling, acid reflux, nausea, stomach or groin pain, and increased discomfort in your daily activities.
Explore whether or not you have a hernia.
Figure out what type of hernia you are suffering from.
Find out if you qualify for surgery to repair your hernia and cure your symptoms.
Explore the potential of getting rid of the medications you use to treat your pain and symptoms.
Learn ways to become a surgical candidate if you are not one now.
Dr. Jeffrey L. Eakin is the director of The Hernia Center of Utah. He completed a fellowship in laparoscopic and robotic surgery at The Ohio State University and he has focused his career on giving patients with hernias their lives back and getting them off of medications.