Hernias are weak spots or tears in the abdominal wall muscles, through which abdominal organs or fat may bulge out under the skin. In the same way that an inner tube pushes through a damaged tire, the inner lining of the abdomen pushes through the weakened area of the abdominal wall to form a small bulging balloon (hernia sac). With smaller hernia defects, the bulge is not initially visible, but patients may experience pain in the area of concern. If left untreated, hernias do not resolve on their own, and they generally become larger or more painful. Although most hernias are not dangerous, life-threatening complications may occur, such as intestinal blockage or strangulation.
Hernias discovered incidentally may not cause any pain or cosmetic concerns, and do not always need to be repaired. However, when hernias affect patients’ quality of life, repair is indicated.
At Minnesota Hernia Center, we offer modern surgical techniques, materials and technologies to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. We aim to get you back promptly to doing what you love and loving what you do.
Ideally, a hernia will only be repaired once, with a repair durable for life. Therefore, what matters most is by whom and how the first hernia repair is performed.
The staff at Minnesota Hernia Center is dedicated to the advancement of the hernia field, has cutting-edge training, and clinical and research interest in this arena. We employ a shared decision-making model, engaging patients in developing a personalized plan of care which takes into account their associated medical problems and overall health, goals for undergoing the hernia repair, and choice of operation and mesh to be used. Together, we weigh the risks, benefits, and alternatives of different procedures and decide the best treatment option that fits your needs.