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

Signs and symptoms

A hernia may be noticed as a bulge or protrusion that is most noticeable when coughing, lifting, or rising from a sitting to standing position. 

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How is a hernia diagnosed?

Hernia repair options

In a hernia repair surgery, a mesh implant is often used to reinforce the weakened tissue and close the opening. 

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Surgical consult

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The road to recovery typically begins right away after surgery.

What to expect after hernia surgery

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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