Abdominal Wall Hernia

A hernia is defined as a weakness or defect in the strong layer of the abdominal wall, which allows the abdominal organs to protrude. Once out of their normal position, these organs can become pinched or twisted. The most common hernia symptoms are abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and an abdominal mass or lump that may come and go. Hernias are commonly caused by previous surgical incisions, but can also occur without a previous surgery.

Treatment for hernias is surgical repair. There are no special exercises that can strengthen the tissues or any medications to take. Repair of the hernia is achieved by closing the defect in the strong layer of the abdominal wall. A special synthetic material called a “mesh” is commonly utilized in repairing the defect in order to add extra strength. Surgical repair can be performed by using conventional techniques, advanced laparoscopic methods, or robotic hernia surgery. With the latest minimally invasive techniques, we can repair even a large abdominal hernia through tiny incisions. This allows for shorter hospital stays, less post-operative pain and a quicker return to normal activity.