According to the National Center for Health Statistics, some five million Americans have a hernia. Yet, only about 750,000 seek treatment each year.
A hernia is a bulge of an organ or tissue that patients may notice as a lump in their abdomen or groin. While some hernias develop suddenly, others can take more time, possibly as the result of weight gain, chronic constipation or pregnancy. Smoking and obesity are among the top risks for hernia formation and can cause complications following hernia surgery.
Duke Regional’s physicians are highly experienced at treating all types of hernias, no matter how complex their repair. Our physicians are leaders in minimally invasive surgery, and most hernia surgeries are performed laparoscopically.
Laparoscopic surgery is performed through small incisions and offers patients a quicker recovery than the conventional approach. If this is not possible, our surgeons have extensive experience with traditional open surgical techniques for repair of all types of hernias.