Surgeons Repair More Than 1 Million of These Each Year
Dec 14, 2017
Did you know that hernia repair is the most common general surgery procedure performed in the country? Surgeons repair more than one million hernias each year in the United States, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
You can typically spot or feel a hernia as a bulge in the groin or abdominal area. Depending on the severity of a hernia, it may be largely pain-free, even if you can see it. Even if a hernia is painless, if left untreated it can lead to bigger problems in the future.
What causes a hernia to develop?
Hernias can be hereditary, develop over time, or occur from trauma. When portions of the abdominal wall are weak, excess pressure within the abdominal cavity can cause tissues or organs to protrude. “The top three risk factors for developing a hernia are obesity, diabetes, and tobacco use,” stated James Clancy, MD. “If you’ve had a hernia before, you’re at a higher risk for getting another hernia,” continued Michael Webb, MD.
The most common hernia is an inguinal, or groin, hernia, which happens when an abdominal organ protrudes into the inguinal canal.
It’s important to recognize the symptoms of a hernia:
- Bulge in the abdominal or groin area
- Burning or sharp pain in the area
- Constipation or blood in stool
- Discomfort when lifting or bending over
- Feeling of fullness
- Nausea or vomiting if bowel is obstructed
A hernia won’t go away on its own, the only way to fix one is with surgery. If you think you may have a hernia talk to your primary care doctor about what your best options are for treatment.
Hear more about robotic hernia repair from James Clancy, MD, and Michael Webb, MD, in the community seminar video below: