You have a hernia – now what?

Imagine finding an odd bulge in your abdomen or groin area — what you may have is a hernia.

This unlikely culprit affects men and women from all walks of life, and can greatly impact your daily routine or work with pain and discomfort.

How do people get hernias?

Hernias usually occur when there is a combination of pressure and muscle weakness in the abdominal area, and some of the abdominal contents protrude through the surrounding muscle. Anything that causes pressure in the abdomen can trigger a hernia, including straining, lifting, and coughing.  Some people can develop hernias in the area of a scar from previous surgery, especially if there was an infection in the incision.

What are the symptoms of hernias?

Symptoms can range from vague discomfort, pressure, pain, or even vomiting. These symptoms will be aggravated by anything that increases the pressure in the abdominal cavity.

What are common hernia procedures?

There are two common procedures to treat a hernia, depending on your specific condition and preferences.

Laparoscopic hernia repair surgery is a minimally invasive option, which uses small incisions and a tiny camera called a laparoscope. This camera gives a wide interior view of the hernia to perform the surgery.

Open hernia repair surgery requires a larger incision in the abdomen or groin that gives the surgeon full access to the hernia, as well as greater visibility for better accuracy.

Why choose a Clearpoint Surgical Centre for your hernia treatment?

Waitlists are often long for common surgical procedures like this, which can add to the stress or pain of a hernia. With Clearpoint, you can get the immediate treatment you need. This procedure is available in our Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Toronto Centres. Contact us today.

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