Hernias can be complex. Learning more doesn’t have to be.

Could you be affected by a hernia?


If you think you may have a hernia, you may have more questions than answers right now. Here are some questions about hernias and hernia repair to help you start a conversation with your doctor.

  • Are my symptoms due to a hernia or something else?
  • What type of hernia do I have?
  • Do I need surgery to repair my hernia or are there nonsurgical treatments?
  • How soon would I need surgery?
  • Are there any symptoms I should look out for that may indicate an emergency?

 

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How is a hernia diagnosed?

A healthcare provider typically bases the diagnosis of a hernia on a physical examination. While standing, a patient may be asked to cough, which increases pressure inside the abdominal cavity. A hernia will bulge outward, making it easier for the doctor to detect.

Sometimes ultrasounds or CT scans are used to assist the provider in making a hernia diagnosis.

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