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Spigelian Hernia

Spigelian Hernia

What is a Spigelian Hernia? A Spigelian hernia (sometimes called a lateral ventral hernia) is a rare type of hernia through the spigelian fascia, the layer of tissue that separates two groups of abdominal muscles. The muscles are called the rectus muscles and the lateral obliques. Spigelian

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Strangulated Hernias

Strangulated Hernias

What is a Strangulated Hernia? A strangulated hernia is a serious life-threatening condition in which the blood supply to trapped hernia tissue is cut off. This strangulated tissue can quickly die off and release toxins and infection into the bloodstream, which could lead to sepsis or death.

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Direct vs. Indirect Inguinal Hernias

Direct vs. Indirect Inguinal Hernias

What is an Inguinal Hernia? An inguinal hernia (also known as a groin hernia) is the most common type of hernia. It occurs when soft tissue, such as fat or part of the intestine, protrudes through a weak spot in the lower abdominal wall. The resulting bulge

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Hernias After a Cesarean Delivery

Hernias After a Cesarean Delivery

What is a Cesarean Delivery? Caesarean section, also known as C-section or caesarean delivery, is the use of surgery to deliver one or more babies. The procedure involves making an incision in a woman’s abdomen and uterus to access the baby. Your doctor may recommend a cesarean

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Abdominal Hernias vs. Sports Hernias

Abdominal Hernias vs. Sports Hernias

What is a Sports Hernia? The term “sports hernia” is a misnomer, because the condition is actually not an abdominal hernia at all (it’s true name is athletic pubalgia). A sports hernia is a strain or tear of any soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament) in the lower

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Study Reveals Benefits of Minimally Invasive Hernia Repair

Study Reveals Benefits of Minimally Invasive Hernia Repair

Minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as laparoscopic and robotic, are now used in nearly 80% of operations for paraesophageal hernia repair (PEH). According to a recent retrospective study of data from nearly 100,000 cases, minimally invasive procedures are associated with many outcome improvements, as compared to traditional

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6 Red Flags That Could Mean a Serious Gallbladder Problem

6 Red Flags That Could Mean a Serious Gallbladder Problem

Gallbladder and Gallstones Overview The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ located on the right side of the body, on the underside of the liver. The gallbladder acts as a storage facility for bile, releasing it into the intestines on a regular basis to help the body

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Hiatal Hernia Prevention Tips

Hiatal Hernia Prevention Tips

What is a Hiatal Hernia? A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of your stomach bulges through the diaphragm, the large muscle separating your abdomen and chest. Your diaphragm has a small opening (hiatus) through which your food tube (esophagus) passes before connecting to your stomach.

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Hernia Risk Factors

Hernia Risk Factors

A hernia occurs when an organ pushes out of a weakened portion of muscle in which it normally resides. The combination of pressure and a weakened portion of the surrounding muscle typically cause them. Specific risk factors can be broken down by hernia type: Inguinal hernia risk

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Is My “Outie” Belly Button a Hernia?

Is My “Outie” Belly Button a Hernia?

As a child, you may have heard people talk about belly buttons as “innies” or “outies.” In medical terms, although they are normal and harmless in most cases, an “outie” may actuality an umbilical hernia. Although most umbilical hernias occur in babies, they also are know to

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