A hernia develops when part of an organ or other tissue bulges through a weak area in the muscle that surrounds it. This condition can develop in several locations, including the belly button, the groin, and the abdominal wall. Hernias can also develop near incisions or scars.
Patients usually notice hernias as a bulge or lump. In many cases, patients will be able to push the herniated tissue back to its proper place, but it will reemerge after the pressure is removed.
Hernias can affect anyone. However, they’re more likely to develop when a person has weak muscles in a certain area and the person engages in an activity that puts strain on that area, such as heavy lifting.
Dr. Menken repairs hernias surgically. During a hernia repair procedure, Dr. Menken accesses the hernia through an incision, places the protruding tissue back into its proper place, and closes the weak area in the muscle to prevent it from recurring. Dr. Menken will try to treat hernias laparoscopically whenever possible, but she can also perform open surgeries when necessary.
Dr. Menken can treat most types of hernias, including:
Some types of small hernias may not require surgery. However, hernias that are large or causing symptoms should be treated to prevent complications.
Hernia surgery can effectively resolve hernias and eliminate all of the associated symptoms. However, new hernias can appear in the future. Patients should be careful to avoid activities that could increase the risk of hernias.
As with all surgical procedures, hernia surgery presents some risks to the patient. Some of the risks of hernia surgery include:
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