Hernia is a very common health complaint, and surgical repair of the various types of hernia (not all hernias require surgery) is fairly routine. But how that surgery is approached has changed as surgical techniques have become more advanced. Traditional open surgery is the mainstay, but many procedures are done laparoscopically, a minimally invasive technique… Continue reading Is Robotic Surgery for Hernia Repair Right for You?
Hernia Treatment Options
Hernias happen when a section of intestine or other tissue pushes through a weakened area of muscle in your abdomen. This can cause pain and other unpleasant symptoms, especially when you’re moving around or lifting heavy objects. Often, hernias get worse over time, with more tissue pushing through the affected muscle. If a hernia isn’t… Continue reading Hernia Treatment Options
What You Need to Know About Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is an inborn anomaly in which the diaphragm, the band of muscle that separates the abdominal cavity from the thoracic (chest) cavity, develops a tear or opening that allows abdominal organs to protrude into the chest. Because this defect occurs early in fetal development, it interferes with the growth of important… Continue reading What You Need to Know About Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
The Differences Between Hernias in Men Versus Women
Hernias are often perceived as a man’s problem, but women get them, too. “When you talk to people about hernias, they tend to focus on groin hernias, which are the most common — and they are primarily a male problem,” says Stephen Ganshirt, MD, vice chief of surgery at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital in Illinois.… Continue reading The Differences Between Hernias in Men Versus Women
What Are the Symptoms of a Hernia, and How Is It Diagnosed?
A hernia happens when an area of an organ or tissue pushes through a weakened layer of muscle, usually in your groin or abdomen. A hernia can be external, pushing through muscle toward the outside of your body and visible under your skin, or internal, when it pushes through a different muscle layer deep under… Continue reading What Are the Symptoms of a Hernia, and How Is It Diagnosed?
How to Prevent a Hernia
A hernia develops when a section of your intestine, or other tissue in your abdomen, pushes through a layer of muscle that has become weakened. Most often, this happens when part of your intestine pushes through your abdominal wall toward the outside of your body. This is called an external hernia, and it usually affects… Continue reading How to Prevent a Hernia
Sexual Dysfunction and Hernias: Separating the Facts From the Bull
Think you’ll have to live with sexual dysfunction after a diagnosis of an inguinal (groin) hernia? Think again. Although people can experience temporary sexual dysfunction because of pain and pelvic floor spasms, the condition is rare. “As far as we know, there haven’t really been any good studies … to quantify the sexual dysfunction that… Continue reading Sexual Dysfunction and Hernias: Separating the Facts From the Bull
What to Do if You Get a Hernia During Pregnancy
A hernia happens when a section of your intestine or other tissue pushes through a weakened layer of muscle in your abdomen. Pregnant women have an increased risk of hernias because of the increased pressure pregnancy puts on the abdomen. Most hernias in pregnant women are external, meaning that they affect the abdominal wall and… Continue reading What to Do if You Get a Hernia During Pregnancy
Hernia Complications and How to Deal With Them
A hernia happens when an area of an organ or tissue — often part of your intestine — pushes through a layer of muscle in your abdomen. The most common types of hernias involve the abdominal wall, and you can usually see or feel a bulge under your skin where your intestine or other tissue… Continue reading Hernia Complications and How to Deal With Them