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Hernias

Cascade Hernia Institute specializes in the repair of all types of hernias, including inguinal hernia repairs, hiatal hernia surgery and GERD treatment.

A hernia (her’-ne-ah) occurs when a small sac containing tissue protrudes through an opening in the muscles of the abdominal wall. The technical name for the operation that repairs a hernia is called a herniorrhaphy (her” ne-or’ah-fe).

About Hernias
A hernia develops when the outer layers of the abdominal wall weaken, bulge, or actually rip. The hole in this outer layer allows the inner lining of the cavity to protrude and to form a sac. Any part of the abdominal wall can develop a hernia. However, the most common site is the groin. A hernia in the groin area is called an inguinal (ing’gwi-nal) hernia (groin). Inguinal hernias account for 80 percent of all hernias. In an inguinal hernia, the sac protrudes into the groin toward—and sometimes into—the scrotum. Although most common in men, groin hernias can also occur in women.

An umbilical hernia develops through the navel .A hernia that pushes through past a surgical incision or operation site is called an incisional hernia. A hiatal hernia forms when the upper portion of the stomach slides into the chest cavity through the normal opening that the esophagus creates.

Who gets hernias?
Most inguinal hernias in adults result from strain on the abdominal muscles, which have been weakened by age or by congenital factors. The types of activity associated with the appearance of an inguinal hernia include:

  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Sudden twists, pulls, or muscle strains
  • Marked gains in weight, causing an increase in pressure on the abdominal wall
  • Chronic constipation, which causes people to place a strain on the abdomen while on the toilet
  • Repeated attacks of coughing

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