Types of Hernia

Inguinal hernias are the most common, accounting for 75 percent of all hernias

The Adena Health System is accustomed to treating a variety of hernias. Hernia treatment offered at Adena Health System includes minimally-invasive robotic-assisted surgery (laparoscopic) and open surgery. Most hernias need to be repaired as quickly as possible to avoid complications and reduce the risk of developing an incarcerated hernia or a strangulation, which occurs when the intestine becomes entrapped and blood flow is reduced.

Inguinal Hernia

A bulge near the pubic bone; or pain, weakness, pressure or discomfort near the groin can be indications of an inguinal hernia. Other times, a physician may only recognize an inguinal hernia during a routine exam. Inguinal hernias account for nearly 75 percent of all hernia cases.

Incisional Hernia

Resulting from an adnominal surgery, incisional hernias must be fixed with a surgical procedure. Adena Health System offers minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery for most incisional hernias. Learn more about treatment for incisional hernias here.

Hiatal Hernia

Hiatal hernias occur when a part of the stomach pushes through the opening of the diaphragm and up into the chest, causing cause pain, heartburn, and difficulty swallowing. Hiatal hernias are most common in people over the age of 50. Learn more about hiatal hernia treatment here.

Umbilical Hernia

More common in infants, umbilical hernias occur when part of the intestine protrudes through the abdominal muscles. While some umbilical hernias correct themselves by the time an infant reaches one year, those that persist until the age of 3 or appear in adulthood typically require surgery. 

Incarcerated Hernia

Inguinal hernias can develop into incarcerated hernias if a portion of the intestine becomes entrapped in the abdominal wall, blocking the bowel and leading to pain and vomiting while preventing bowel and gas from moving.

Ventral Hernia

Ventral hernias can be a birth defect or develop over time as a result of stress, pregnancy, or previous abdominal procedures. Severe abdominal pain, vomiting, and constipation are common symptoms of ventral hernias.

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