Do you have a hernia?

About Hernias

A hernia often feels like a pulled muscle, but it is actually an internal organ or other body part that pushes through the muscle or tissue that holds it in place.

Most hernias happen in the groin area or abdominal cavity (the area between the chest and the hips). The most common types of hernias include:

  • Inguinal and femoral hernias – Fatty tissues or a part of the intestine pokes into the groin at the top of the inner thigh. Inguinal hernias are more common in men, and femoral hernias mainly affect older women.
  • Umbilical hernia – Fatty tissue or part of the intestine pushes through the abdomen near the belly button.
  • Hiatal (hiatus) hernia – Part of the stomach pushes up into the chest cavity through an opening in the diaphragm (the muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen).

Hernias usually don’t go away on their own

Unfortunately, a hernia won’t get better over time. It can get larger, more painful and can cause serious complications, such as:

  • Obstructions – Part of the intestine gets stuck, causing nausea, vomiting, stomach pain or a lump.
  • Strangulations – Part of the intestine gets stuck in a way that cuts off the blood supply, requiring immediate, emergency surgery to prevent tissue death.

When to see a doctor

You should see a primary care provider if you have a painful or noticeable bulge. The bulge may be more noticeable when you're standing, and you can feel it if you put your hand directly over the affected area.

Treatment options

Surgery is the most common and successful way to repair a hernia, and most are minimally invasive outpatient procedures with short and easy recovery times.

There are three common procedures, which include:

  • Open surgery – A cut is made and the protruding tissue is put back in place. The weakened muscle is then stitched back together.
  • Laparoscopic surgery – Instead of a cut, tiny incisions are made to insert surgical tools to perform the procedure.
  • Robotic hernia repair – This can be used for some smaller hernias, weak areas, or to reconstruct the abdominal wall.

Don’t wait, schedule now

If you think you have a hernia, don’t wait to seek help – especially if a hernia bulge turns color or you have symptoms of a strangulated hernia. Early treatments are less risky and offer the best chance of success. It also makes for an easier recovery.

You don’t have to travel for high-quality hernia care. We offer convenient online scheduling with our primary care providers and clinics that are close to home. Choose a location and provider that best fits your needs below and schedule an appointment online now.

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Closter 1 Ruckman Road Closter, New Jersey 07624 Find a Provider
Sylva Takvorian, M.D.
Sylva Takvorian, M.D.
Primary Care
Zahid A. Farooki, MD
Zahid A. Farooki, MD
Primary Care
Dumont 125 Washington Ave. Dumont, New Jersey 07628 Find a Provider
Esther S. Hoffman, D.O.
Esther S. Hoffman, D.O.
Primary Care
Emerson 466 Old Hook Road, Suite 1 Emerson, New Jersey 07630 Find a Provider
Alan Briker, M.D.
Alan Briker, M.D.
Primary Care
Veena Desai, M.D.
Veena Desai, M.D.
Primary Care
Jaclyn Heuer, RN, MSN, APN
Jaclyn Heuer, RN, MSN, APN
Primary Care
Kedar Gokhale, M.D.
Kedar Gokhale, M.D.
Primary Care
Sanchita Gupta, M.D.
Sanchita Gupta, M.D.
Primary Care
Vivian Lan, M.D.
Vivian Lan, M.D.
Primary Care
Sabrina Tempesta, D.O.
Sabrina Tempesta, D.O.
Primary Care
Emerson 466 Old Hook Road, Suite 26 Emerson, New Jersey 07630 Find a Provider
Jeffrey S. Kim, M.D.
Jeffrey S. Kim, M.D.
Primary Care, Pulmonary Care
Emerson 452 Old Hook Rd. Emerson, New Jersey 07630 Find a Provider
Sylva Takvorian, M.D.
Sylva Takvorian, M.D.
Primary Care
Mark Dombrowski, M.D.
Mark Dombrowski, M.D.
Family Medicine
Amy Ali, M.D.
Amy Ali, M.D.
Primary Care
Carol D’Aquino, M.D.
Carol D’Aquino, M.D.
Primary Care
Edward Gold, M.D.
Edward Gold, M.D.
Hematology, Primary Care
David Goldstein, M.D.
David Goldstein, M.D.
Gastroenterology, Primary Care
Steven Rosner, M.D., DABIM, FACR
Steven Rosner, M.D., DABIM, FACR
Primary Care, Rheumatology
Montvale 305 West Grand Ave Montvale, New Jersey 07645 Find a Provider
Kedar Gokhale, M.D.
Kedar Gokhale, M.D.
Primary Care
Allen Griggs, D.O.
Allen Griggs, D.O.
Primary Care
Sabrina Tempesta, D.O.
Sabrina Tempesta, D.O.
Primary Care
Paramus 1 W. Ridgewood Ave, Suite 301 Paramus, New Jersey 07652 Find a Provider
Sabrina Tempesta, D.O.
Sabrina Tempesta, D.O.
Primary Care
Veena Desai, M.D.
Veena Desai, M.D.
Primary Care
Susan Amy Flanzman, M.D.
Susan Amy Flanzman, M.D.
Primary Care
Allen Griggs, D.O.
Allen Griggs, D.O.
Primary Care
Vivian Lan, M.D.
Vivian Lan, M.D.
Primary Care
Neeta Motiwala, M.D.
Neeta Motiwala, M.D.
Primary Care
Ridgewood 190 Dayton Street, Suite 1 Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450 Find a Provider
Sanchita Gupta, M.D.
Sanchita Gupta, M.D.
Primary Care
Francis McGorty, M.D.
Francis McGorty, M.D.
Primary Care