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Bronson General Surgery Specialists, Bronson Battle Creek Hospital
   A hernia is a tear or abnormal opening that devel- ops in the abdo- men or groin area. Hernias are created when pressure combines with an area of weakness
There are three available types of hernia surgeries available:
• Traditional open surgery. In this
Hernias: Battle of the Bulge
  Both men and women can get a hernia. Hernias can happen at any age. They can even be present at birth, but are usually fixed in infancy.
  in the outer connective tissue or muscle. The build up of pressure forces tissue through this weak spot. The bulge can vary in size depending on how large an opening has developed.
opening in the diaphragm, where the esophagus passes through.
• Laparoscopic surgery. In this type of surgery, the surgeon makes several small incisions to insert instruments that allow the surgeon to repair the hernia from inside the abdomen.
Both men and women can get a hernia. Hernias can happen at any age. They can even be present at birth, but are usually fixed in infancy.
A hernia may not present any symp- toms. In other instances, individuals with a hernia may exhibit symptoms that include: A bulge, swelling, pain, or discomfort in the abdomen or groin.
• Robotic surgery. A type of laparo- scopic using the most advanced tools. A few small incisions allow the sur- geon to perform the surgery guiding advanced laparoscopic to perform the hernia repair. The surgeon is able to view the process in high definition on a computer monitor.
There are several types of hernias, which include:
• Inguinal – Located in the groin. A
A hernia may create more discomfort with heavy lifting, coughing, sneezing, and bowel or urinary strain. Prolonged standing or sitting can also stress exist- ing hernias. Individuals who smoke, are overweight, or have an unhealthy diet can be more likely to develop a hernia. Overuse and strain on abdominal mus- cles can also increase the chances of a hernia.
As robotic surgery is the least invasive type of hernia repair, there is generally a reduction in the level of pain and a faster recovery. Recovery for this type approach is around two weeks in most cases as opposed to
a typical four to six week recovery period for a traditional open surgery.
portion of fat, intestine, or bladder pushes through the abdominal wall and into this canal. The most com- mon type of hernia is a bulge into the scrotum, which can be large.
• Umbilical – A hernia at the belly button. Fat or intestine passes through the hernia at the belly button.
Hernias do not heal on their own, and may worsen over time. If you have a hernia, surgery may help.
• Incisional - Develops in the abdomen when fat or intestine passes through the site of a previous surgical incision or scar.
Hernia repair surgery is a very common procedure. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports that more than one million hernia repairs occur each year in the United States. Nearly 800,000 of these are for inguinal (groin) hernias.
Today, most hernia surgeries can be performed on an outpatient basis, allow- ing the patient to go home the same day.
• Ventral – Occurs anywhere in the abdomen.
If you suspect that you may have a hernia, or have questions about hernias, please consult with your primary care provider. If hernia surgery is indicated, your doctor can provide you with a referral to our team at Bronson General Surgery Specialists in Battle Creek. In most cases, we are able to see you with- in a week. Urgent and emergent cases even sooner. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at (269) 245-8310.
• Hiatal – Occurs internally when the upper stomach pushes through the
type of surgery, the surgeon makes an approach from the outside at the site of the hernia that is large enough to repair the hernia.
Abhishek Gupta, DO, is a board certi- fied general surgeon at Bronson General Surgery Specialists in Battle Creek. As a general surgeon, he performs a num-
ber of surgeries and services including hernia repair, gallbladder surgery, lump removal, and treatment for hemorrhoids. He enjoys sharing information with both his patients and the public. He always focuses on helping his patients under- stand their diagnosis and the treatment options available to them.

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