Do you have a hernia?

About Hernias

A hernia often feels like a pulled muscle, but it is actually an internal organ or other body part that pushes through the muscle or tissue that holds it in place.

Most hernias happen in the groin area or abdominal cavity (the area between the chest and the hips). The most common types of hernias include:

  • Inguinal and femoral hernias – Fatty tissues or a part of the intestine pokes into the groin at the top of the inner thigh. Inguinal hernias are more common in men, and femoral hernias mainly affect older women.
  • Umbilical hernia – Fatty tissue or part of the intestine pushes through the abdomen near the belly button.
  • Hiatal (hiatus) hernia – Part of the stomach pushes up into the chest cavity through an opening in the diaphragm (the muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen).

Hernias usually don’t go away on their own

Unfortunately, a hernia won’t get better over time. It can get larger, more painful and can cause serious complications, such as:

  • Obstructions – Part of the intestine gets stuck, causing nausea, vomiting, stomach pain or a lump.
  • Strangulations – Part of the intestine gets stuck in a way that cuts off the blood supply, requiring immediate, emergency surgery to prevent tissue death.

When to see a doctor

You should see a primary care provider if you have a painful or noticeable bulge. The bulge may be more noticeable when you're standing, and you can feel it if you put your hand directly over the affected area.

Treatment options

Surgery is the most common and successful way to repair a hernia, and most are minimally invasive outpatient procedures with short and easy recovery times.

There are three common procedures, which include:

  • Open surgery – A cut is made and the protruding tissue is put back in place. The weakened muscle is then stitched back together.
  • Laparoscopic surgery – Instead of a cut, tiny incisions are made to insert surgical tools to perform the procedure.
  • Robotic hernia repair – This can be used for some smaller hernias, weak areas, or to reconstruct the abdominal wall.

Don’t wait, schedule now

If you think you have a hernia, don’t wait to seek help – especially if a hernia bulge turns color or you have symptoms of a strangulated hernia. Early treatments are less risky and offer the best chance of success. It also makes for an easier recovery.

You don’t have to travel for high-quality hernia care. We offer convenient online scheduling with our primary care providers and clinics that are close to home. Choose a location and provider that best fits your needs below and schedule an appointment online now.

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Bloomfield 557 Broad St., Bloomfield, NJ, 07003 Find a Provider
Michael Basista, M.D.
Michael Basista, M.D.
Family Medicine
Clifton 1355 Broad St., Clifton, NJ, 07013 Find a Provider
Michael Basista, M.D.
Michael Basista, M.D.
Family Medicine
Thomas Del Casale, D.O.
Thomas Del Casale, D.O.
Family Medicine
Maureen Kelleher, M.D.
Maureen Kelleher, M.D.
Internal Medicine
Glen Ridge 311 Bay Avenue, Suite 102, Glen Ridge, NJ, 07028 Find a Provider
Jonathan Aviv Golani, M.D.
Jonathan Aviv Golani, M.D.
Internal Medicine
Michael L. Molinaro, M.D.
Michael L. Molinaro, M.D.
Internal Medicine
Raghav Rastogi, M.D.
Raghav Rastogi, M.D.
Internal Medicine
Crystal Tank, M.D.
Crystal Tank, M.D.
Internal Medicine
Montclair 239 Claremont Ave, Suite A, Montclair, NJ, 07042 Find a Provider
Rajitha Reddy Gujja, M.D.
Rajitha Reddy Gujja, M.D.
Internal Medicine
Nutley 622 Franklin Avenue, Nutley, NJ, 07110 Find a Provider
Alexandre M. Shehata, M.D.
Alexandre M. Shehata, M.D.
Internal Medicine
West Caldwell 1129 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite 100, West Caldwell, NJ, 07006 Find a Provider
Katharine Palla, D.O.
Katharine Palla, D.O.
Internal Medicine
Ashany Sundaram, M.D.
Ashany Sundaram, M.D.
Family Medicine
Woodland Park 1130 McBride Avenue, Suite 201, Woodland Park, NJ, 07424 Find a Provider
Mojdeh Haghverdi, M.D.
Mojdeh Haghverdi, M.D.
Internal Medicine