When soft tissue pokes through a weak spot in the stomach muscles, it is called a hernia. The result is a bulge in the stomach, in the groin or the upper part of the thigh. A hernia can also happen internally. Below is a list of hernias that are commonly treated by our experienced general surgery team.
Common types of hernias we treat
Inguinal hernia: A hernia in the groin.
Umbilical hernia: A hernia in the belly button area.
Ventral hernia: A hernia between the breastbone and the belly button area.
Incisional hernia: A hernia at the site of a scar. This can happen if you have had abdominal surgery in the past.
Femoral hernia: A hernia on the upper part of the thigh, near the groin.
Hiatal/paraoesophageal hernia: When part of the stomach pokes through an opening in the diaphragm, it is called a hiatal or paraoesophageal hernia. This type of hernia happens internally, and there will be no visible bulge. Symptoms can include chest pain, acid reflux, heartburn, nausea, burping and vomiting.
Many times, robotic-assisted surgery can be used to repair hernias in a very minimally invasive way. This surgical technique means less post-operative pain, fewer complications, decreased blood loss and shorter recovery periods. Your surgeon will let you know if you are a candidate for minimally invasive surgery during your consultation.
St. Luke’s expert team of general surgeons and physician assistants offer surgical consults at these locations.
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