What is a Hernia?

A hernia occurs when an internal organ enters the neighboring muscle or tissue. Hernias are often in the stomach, abdomen, or groin. This condition tends to present a visible bulge that emerges and subsides during different activities. It can sometimes cause discomfort as well. While not all hernias need treatment, surgical intervention may sometimes be necessary for hernia repair.

Hernia Symptoms

Hernias may not always have symptoms. There are sometimes signs like a noticeable lump, sensations of pressure, or a dull ache. Symptoms vary based on the hernia type and may become more evident during lifting, coughing, or straining. Subtle conditions are why paying attention to your body's baseline, or typical feelings and appearances, is essential.

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What Causes a Hernia?

Hernias may arise from weaknesses or openings in muscle or connective tissue. They can be present from birth or appear later. Risk factors can include heavy lifting, chronic cough, and constipation, among other variables. It's best to seek medical care to receive an accurate diagnosis for the real cause of any discomforts you experience.

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Hernia Testing and Diagnosis

Identifying a hernia requires a physical examination. Soft tissue imaging, like a CT scan, may be necessary for a precise diagnosis. Your provider might observe the hernia during specific activities to further assess its severity. After these steps, they'll talk with you to create a plan for necessary treatment.

Hernia Treatment at Schneck

Hernia repair is the recommended treatment for abdominal wall protrusion. Treatment techniques will depend on the specific type of hernia such as ventral or umbilical. Our skilled surgeons offer open hernia repair or laparoscopic hernia surgery. During the 30 to 45-minute procedure, your provider will make incisions while you're under anesthesia. The process aims to prevent organ protrusion. While the procedure may sound extensive, most patients go home the same day. For expert care and support with hernia symptoms, contact Schneck to connect with our dedicated providers.

Your Surgical Providers

Receive expert care for hernias at Schneck Surgical Associates.

Doctor Amanda Dick

Amanda M. Dick, MD

General Surgery, da Vinci Surgery View Info »
Doctor Joyce Iwema

Joyce R. Iwema, MD

General Surgery, da Vinci Surgery View Info »
Doctor Maurer

Susan Maurer, MD

General Surgeon, da Vinci Surgery View Info »

G. Brandon Millick, MD

Bariatrics/Surgical Weight Loss, General Surgery, da Vinci Surgery View Info »
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Antonio Spates, MD

General Surgery, da Vinci Surgery View Info »

Focus on Timely Hernia Care for Long-Term Well-Being

While many hernias start with mild symptoms, addressing them as they arise is key to ensuring lasting well-being. If you're considering hernia care, our compassionate team is here to guide you. We treat each patient with personalized attention and expertise. Your peace of mind matters, and we're here for you every step of the way.

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