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