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August 08, 2018

You have a hernia – now what?

Imagine finding an odd bulge in your abdomen or groin area — what you may have is a hernia.

This unlikely culprit affects men and women from all walks of life, and can greatly impact your daily routine or work with pain and discomfort.

How do people get hernias?

Hernias usually occur when there is a combination of pressure and muscle weakness in the abdominal area, and a piece of intestine or another organ pushes through the surrounding muscle. Anything that causes pressure in the abdomen can trigger a hernia, including diarrhea or constipation, smoking, lifting heavy objects or weights, and even heavy coughing.

What are the symptoms of hernias?

Symptoms can range from vomiting, pain or feeling nauseous. There may also be specific discomfort or pain in the abdomen area when lifting objects, bending over, or coughing and pressure, weakness, heaviness or a burning sensation in the abdomen.

What are common hernia procedures?

There are two common procedures to treat a hernia, depending on your specific condition and preferences.

Laparoscopic hernia repair surgery is a minimally invasive option, which uses small incisions and a tiny camera called a laparoscope. This camera gives a wide interior view of the hernia to perform the surgery.

Open hernia repair surgery requires a larger incision in the abdomen (around 10cm), that gives the surgeon full access to the hernia, as well as greater visibility for better accuracy.

Why choose a Centric Health Surgical Centre for your hernia treatment?

Waitlists are often long for common surgical procedures like this, which can add to the stress or pain of a hernia. With Centric Health, you can get the immediate treatment you need. This procedure is available in our Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto Centres. Contact us today.

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