Hernia Repair services offered in Frederick, MD

If you have a hernia that’s causing symptoms, hernia repair can help. Hernia repair is one of many services available from the surgeons of Foris Surgical Group in Frederick, Maryland. Book a consultation online or over the phone to explore your hernia repair options and discuss your next steps. 

Hernia Repair Q&A

What is a hernia?

A hernia occurs when a portion of an internal organ begins pushing through a weakened spot in your muscle or other tissues. Hernias are most common in your abdominal cavity, which is the region between your chest and hips. 

Some indications you may have a hernia include:

  • Lump protruding in the skin of your abdomen or groin
  • Pain when lifting or other forms of exertion
  • Dull aching sensations
  • Sensation of fullness or pressure in your abdomen or bowel
  • Pain at the site of a lump or bulge

It’s important to note that not all hernias create a visible bulge. Your primary care practitioner can screen for hernias during routine physical exams. 

How does hernia repair work?

Some smaller hernias don’t require any form of treatment. If you have a small hernia that isn’t causing pain or other symptoms, simply keep an eye on it and seek treatment if it grows larger or begins to create discomfort. 

Large or painful hernias can be surgically repaired. The basic procedure involves creating an incision to access the herniated tissue, then moving it back into the proper position before stitching the weakened muscle or other tissue back together to keep the organ in place. 

Many hernia repair procedures can be done using laparoscopic or robotic surgery. These techniques are minimally invasive, meaning they displace less tissue than traditional open surgery. This allows for less bleeding, a lower risk of infection, and swifter healing times. 

What can I do to reduce the risk of needing future hernia repair?

Once your hernia is repaired, you’ll want to do everything you can to prevent future hernias from developing. There are steps you can take to lower your risk level. 

Some of the ways you can prevent hernias include:

  • Avoiding lifting heavy items
  • Taking care to not push your body too hard beyond your current fitness level
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Eating a healthy diet to prevent constipation
  • Get treatment for persistent coughing
  • Avoid smoking, which increases your risk of coughing

If you’re ready to learn more about surgical hernia repair, book a visit at Foris Surgical Group as soon as possible. Online booking is an option, or you can always call to check appointment availability.