Abdominal Hernias

abdominal herniaWhat is an Abdominal Hernia?

An abdominal hernia is the protrusion of an organ that occurs when the intestine pushes through a weakened area of the abdominal wall.

What Causes an Abdominal Hernia?

Abdominal hernias are caused when an area of the abdominal becomes weakened or torn. Weakening can be caused at birth, over time due to physical stress, injury, pregnancy or aging. Weakness can also be due to a tear in the site of a previous surgical incision.

Symptoms of an Abdominal Hernia

  • Swelling beneath the skin
  • Constipation
  • Blood in the stool
  • Discomfort when lifting or bending

Abdominal Hernia Treatments Offered

Your doctor may suggest hernia repair surgery. This procedure involves the hernia being “pushed back.” The weakened abdominal wall is also repaired, usually using a mesh to reinforce the area. Surgery can be done using minimally invasive techniques.