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Southern Illinois and St. Louis Hernia Centers provide a full range of medical services including the following:


Abdominal Hernia

An abdominal hernia occurs when an abdominal organ, usually the small intestine, protrudes through the abdominal wall. As the organ in the abdomen protrudes through the weakened area in the abdominal wall, it causes a bulge in the area as well as pain, fever, blood in the stool and other symptoms. If left untreated, the protruding tissue may lose blood supply and become obstructed, resulting in health problems as serious as life-threatening gangrene. ...

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Inguinal Hernia

An inguinal hernia presents as a bulge in the upper thigh or groin on either side of the pubic bone. It occurs when an abdominal organ, usually the small intestine, protrudes through a weakness in the abdominal wall or in the inguinal canal. Inguinal hernias are by far the most common hernias, occurring more frequently in men than in women. ...

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Ventral Hernia FAQs

What is a ventral hernia?

A ventral or abdominal hernia occurs when there is a weakness in the abdominal wall which develops a tear or hole. The hernia is created as abdominal or intestinal tissue protrudes through the opening, causing a bulge to appear on the outside of the body. ...

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Umbilical Hernia

An umbilical hernia occurs when abdominal tissue protrudes through the skin around the navel or belly button. A common congenital condition in newborns, it may also appear in adulthood, often precipitated or exacerbated by obesity, pregnancy, abdominal surgery or heavy lifting. Umbilical hernias, like other hernias, happen when part of an abdominal organ, usually the intestine, presses through a weak point in the abdominal wall. ...

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Incisional Hernia

An incisional hernia is a complication of surgery that develops at the site of a previous surgical incision. An incisional hernia usually develops in the abdominal wall where the wall of the abdomen has weakened, resulting in a bulge or tear and a hernia to form. An incisional hernia may occur soon after surgery or many years later. An incisional hernia can cause pain and discomfort with even the slightest physical activity. ...

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Abdominal Wall Reconstruction

Abdominal wall reconstruction is a surgical repair used to treat an abdominal hernia. An abdominal hernia occurs when an abdominal organ protrudes through a weakened area in the abdominal wall and is diagnosed through physical examination. Abdominal hernias are usually a relatively simple matter to correct. If left untreated, however, the protruding tissue may become obstructed and lose blood supply. This can result in a hernial incarceration and gangrene which may be life-threatening. ...

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Diaphragm Repair

The diaphragm is the muscle that stretches along the bottom of the rib cage and plays a crucial role in respiration. When the diaphragm is damaged, it must be immediately repaired. There are several ways in which the diaphragm may be injured, all eventually involving hiatal herniation. ...

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Abdominal Hernia

An abdominal hernia occurs when an abdominal organ, usually the small intestine, protrudes through the abdominal wall. As the organ in the abdomen protrudes through the weakened area in the abdominal wall, it causes a bulge in the area as well as pain, fever, blood in the stool and other symptoms. If left untreated, the protruding tissue may lose blood supply and become obstructed, resulting in health problems as serious as life-threatening gangrene. ...


Read More...

Inguinal Hernia

An inguinal hernia presents as a bulge in the upper thigh or groin on either side of the pubic bone. It occurs when an abdominal organ, usually the small intestine, protrudes through a weakness in the abdominal wall or in the inguinal canal. Inguinal hernias are by far the most common hernias, occurring more frequently in men than in women. ...


Read More...

Ventral Hernia FAQs

What is a ventral hernia?

A ventral or abdominal hernia occurs when there is a weakness in the abdominal wall which develops a tear or hole. The hernia is created as abdominal or intestinal tissue protrudes through the opening, causing a bulge to appear on the outside of the body. ...


Read More...

Umbilical Hernia

An umbilical hernia occurs when abdominal tissue protrudes through the skin around the navel or belly button. A common congenital condition in newborns, it may also appear in adulthood, often precipitated or exacerbated by obesity, pregnancy, abdominal surgery or heavy lifting. Umbilical hernias, like other hernias, happen when part of an abdominal organ, usually the intestine, presses through a weak point in the abdominal wall. ...


Read More...

Incisional Hernia

An incisional hernia is a complication of surgery that develops at the site of a previous surgical incision. An incisional hernia usually develops in the abdominal wall where the wall of the abdomen has weakened, resulting in a bulge or tear and a hernia to form. An incisional hernia may occur soon after surgery or many years later. An incisional hernia can cause pain and discomfort with even the slightest physical activity. ...


Read More...

Abdominal Wall Reconstruction

Abdominal wall reconstruction is a surgical repair used to treat an abdominal hernia. An abdominal hernia occurs when an abdominal organ protrudes through a weakened area in the abdominal wall and is diagnosed through physical examination. Abdominal hernias are usually a relatively simple matter to correct. If left untreated, however, the protruding tissue may become obstructed and lose blood supply. This can result in a hernial incarceration and gangrene which may be life-threatening. ...


Read More...

Diaphragm Repair

The diaphragm is the muscle that stretches along the bottom of the rib cage and plays a crucial role in respiration. When the diaphragm is damaged, it must be immediately repaired. There are several ways in which the diaphragm may be injured, all eventually involving hiatal herniation. ...


Read More...


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