The repair of inguinal hernia is the most common hernia repair procedure in the world, and the most frequently performed surgical procedure among general surgeons. Unfortunately, most general surgeons in the US and around the world have not embraced the latest and most effective techniques for hernia surgery.
Over the last several years, more and more publicity has emerged around professional athletes undergoing surgery for a “Sports Hernia”. In fact, the condition is perhaps more accurately labeled as Athletic Pubalgia (pain in the pubic region), or any one of a number of other names.
Umbilical hernias can be the result of a congenital weakness, a pre-existing dilatation of the natural umbilical ring, occupational stress, obesity, collagen deficiency, or previous surgery in the area of the umbilicus. Certain lifestyle choices can contribute to the development of an umbilical hernia as well, such as smoking and over eating.
Patients who suffer from chronic heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may have a condition called hiatal hernia. This is a dilatation of the normally occurring teardrop shaped opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes from the chest into the abdomen to reach the stomach.
Hernias can occur in the abdominal wall with or without a previous surgical scar. Incisional hernias can occur anywhere there has been a previous abdominal incision, and can occur at any time following previous surgery. Ventral hernias can also occur in a variety of locations in the abdominal wall without previous surgical incision.