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Frequently Asked Questions

What causes a hernia?
A hernia occurs when the inside layers of the abdominal wall weaken then bulge or tear. The inner lining of the abdomen pushes through the weakened area to form a balloon-like sac. This can cause a loop of intestine or abdominal tissue to slip into the sac, causing pain and other potentially serious health problems.

How do I know if I have a hernia?
Symptoms may include a noticeable protrusion in the groin area or abdomen, a feeling pain while lifting, an aching sensation, and/or a vague feeling of fullness

How is a hernia treated?
If a hernia causes no symptoms, you and your physician may choose to wait to see if any changes occur but most often surgery is required.

How long does surgery usually take?
Most hernia repairs take between one to two hours. However, large and/or more complex hernia repairs could take much longer.

How soon can I return to work?
It depends on what type of work you do and which type of surgery you have. Usually, open inguinal hernia repair patients may go back to office work within 1 week depending on how well you are feeling. Similarly, with laparoscopic repair, you may go back to office work within a few days. If heavy lifting is required (greater than 20 lbs.), patients who have had an open repair patients may have restricted activity for up to 6 weeks whereas patients who have had a laparoscopic repair usually can begin heavy lifting in 2 weeks. For ventral hernia repair, the time off work is likely to be longer, but usually not more than a few weeks depending on that type of work you do.