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By: Dr. Abhishek Gupta, Bronson General Surgery Specialists, Bronson Battle Creek Hospital
  A hernia is a tear or abnormal opening that develops in the abdomen
or groin area. Hernias are created when pressure com- bines with an area of weak- ness in the outer connective tissue or muscle. The build
surgeon to repair the hernia from inside the
  up of pressure forces tissue through this weak spot. The bulge can vary in size depending on how large an opening has developed.
using the most advanced tools. A few small incisions allow the surgeon 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.
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 create more discomfort with heavy lifting, coughing, sneezing, and bowel or urinary strain. Prolonged standing or sitting can also stress existing hernias. Individuals who smoke, are overweight, or have an unhealthy diet can be more likely to develop a hernia. Overuse and strain on abdominal muscles can also increase the chances of a hernia.
As robotic surgery is the least invasive type of hernia repair, there is generally a reduc- tion 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 tradi- tional open surgery.
There are several types of hernias, which include:
Today, most hernia surgeries can be per- formed on an outpatient basis, allowing the patient to go home the same day.
• Inguinal – Located in the groin. A portion of fat, intestine, or bladder pushes through the abdominal wall and into this canal. The most common type of hernia is a bulge into the scrotum, which can be large.
If you suspect that you may have a hernia, or have questions about hernias, please consult with your primary care provider. If hernia sur- gery 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 within a week. Urgent and emergent cases even sooner. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at (269) 245-8310.
• 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 com-
mon 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.
• Ventral – Occurs anywhere in the abdomen.
• Hiatal – Occurs internally when the upper stomach pushes through the opening in the
Abhishek Gupta, DO, is a board certified general surgeon at Bronson General Surgery Specialists in Battle Creek. As a general sur- geon, he performs a number of surgeries and services including hernia repair, gallbladder surgery, lump removal, and treatment for hem- orrhoids. He enjoys sharing information with both his patients and the public. He always focuses on helping his patients understand their diagnosis and the treatment options available to them.
diaphragm, where the esophagus passes through.
There are three available types of hernia surgeries available:
• Traditional open surgery. In this type of
A hernia may not present any symptoms. In other instances, individuals with a hernia may exhibit symptoms that include:
• A bulge
surgery, the surgeon makes an approach from the outside at the site of the hernia that is large enough to repair the hernia.
• Swelling
• Pain
• Discomfort in the abdomen or groin
• Laparoscopic surgery. In this type of sur- gery, the surgeon makes several small inci- sions to insert instruments that allow the
• Robotic surgery. A type of laparoscopic
By: Sherii Sherban, Publisher
During this transitional time you may have many questions regarding what actions you should be taking, as well as how to access community resources. Be sure to call first, rather than to visit. And remember, just because an area is opening, it doesn’t mean that you have to participate until you are ready to do so.
  Center for Disease Control & Prevention
Jackson County Health Department Hotline (517) 788-4420, opt 9
Center for Family Health Hotline number for testing (517) 748-5363
Henry Ford MyCare Advice LIne (for testing) (313) 874-7500
Kalamazoo County COVID-19 Updates
AARP Resources:
AARP National Office resource page intcmp=DSO-SRCH-EWHERE
AARP Michigan COVID resource page
Free call-in for National AARP teletown halls at 1pm every Thursday 1-855-274-9507
Community Connections, Friendly Voice Program
Learn to offer fraud prevention programs online
Fraud helpline: 1-877-908-3360
Caregiving resources:
Community Resources by AAA Regions
Region 2 Area Agency on Aging
Service Area:
Counties - Jackson, Hillsdale, Lenawee 102 N. Main St.,
PO Box 189 Brooklyn, MI 49230 (517) 592-1974 or 1-800-335-7881
Other aging resources in Jackson County:
Jackson County Department On Aging
1715 Lansing Ave # 672 Jackson, MI 49202 (517) 788-4364
Service Area: Kalamazoo County
3299 Gull Road, Nazareth, MI 49074-0042 (269) 373-5173 (800) 232-4632
Other aging resources in Kalamazoo County:
State of Michigan COVID page
918 Jasper Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001 (269) 382-0515
CareWell Svs SW – Region 3B Area Agency on Aging
State COVID-19 Hotline
7 days/week, 8am-5pm, 1-888-535-6136.
Michigan Department of Health & Human Services 1-888-535-6163
Aging and Adult Service Agency for volunteering & food assistance
Long Term Care Ombudsman 1-866-485-9393
Direct link to Locator for COVID testing 0,9753,7-406-99891_99912-531745--,00.html
Mental Health
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-888-273-8255 for 24/7 support
Mental Health American
Warmline for Michiganders mental health conditions 7 days/week, 10am-2am
Disaster Distress Helpline 888-985-5990
Summit Pointe 24-Hour Crisis 1-800-632-5449
NAMI -Calhoun County (269) 962-1762
Service Area: Counties – Barry, Calhoun 200 W. Michigan Ave. Suite 102
Battle Creek, MI 49017 (269) 966-2450
Calhoun County COVID-19 updates
Other aging resources in Branch County:
Branch County Commission On Aging
H. & C. Burnside Senior Center
65 Grahl Drive, Coldwater, MI 49036, (517) 279-6565
City of Battle Creek Updates
Jackson County COVID-19 Updates
Region 3A - Kalamazoo County
Health and Community Services Dept.
Senior Services, Inc.
or 1-800-626-6719 (in-state only)
Other aging resources in Barry and Calhoun Counties:
320 W Woodlawn Ave., Hastings, MI 49058 index.php
(269) 948-4856
315 W Green St., Marshall, MI 49068 health_department/coronavirus_(covid-19).php
(269) 781-0846
200 W. Michigan Avenue,
Battle Creek, MI 49017 (269) 382-0515
Barry County Commission On Aging
 Calhoun County Senior Services
 Senior Services, Inc.
Region 3C Area Agency on Aging
Service Area: Counties – St. Joseph, Branch 570 Marshall Rd., Coldwater, MI 49036
(517) 278-2538 or 1-888-615-8009
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