A hernia is a protrusion of an organ or tissue through an abnormal opening in the body. You may notice it as a lump in your abdomen or groin that may or may not disappear when you lay down or press on it. A hernia will not get better on its own. Learn More
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The only way to effectively treat a hernia and provide lasting relief is to have it surgically repaired. A hernia can be repaired by a general surgeon via two different surgical methods: open surgery and laparoscopic surgery. Learn More
Hundreds of thousands of hernia repair operations are performed each year both with and without surgical mesh, and patients generally recover quickly and do well after surgery. However, all surgical procedures are associated with some risk. Speak to your surgeon prior to surgery about possible risks and complications. Some of the possible complications include adverse reactions to the mesh, adhesions (bands of scar-like tissue) and injuries to nearby organs, nerves or blood vessels. Other complications of hernia repair can occur with or without the mesh, including infection, chronic pain and hernia recurrence.