Hernia Surgery Phoenix AZ


Hernia Surgery Phoenix AZ What is Hernia Surgery?

Hernia Surgery is a surgical procedure to repair the weak tissue in your abdominal wall so that intestine and other internal organs or tissues can no longer push through it.

A hernia is a sac formed by the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum). The sac comes through a hole or weak area in the strong layer of the belly wall that surrounds the muscle. This layer is called the fascia.

The type of hernia depends on where it is:

  • Femoral hernia is a bulge in the upper thigh, just below the groin. This type is more common in women than men.
  • Hiatal hernia occurs in the upper part of the stomach. Part of the upper stomach pushes into the chest.
  • Incisional hernia can occur through a scar if you have had abdominal surgery in the past.
  • Umbilical hernia is a bulge around the belly button. It occurs when the muscle around the belly button does not close completely.
  • Inguinal hernia is a bulge in the groin. It is more common in men. It may go all the way down into the scrotum.

Usually, there is no clear cause of a hernia. Sometimes, hernias occur with heavy lifting, straining while using the toilet, or any activity that raises the pressure inside the belly. Hernias may be present at birth, but the bulge may not be noticeable until later in life. Some persons have a family history of hernias.

Any activity or medical problem that increases pressure on the tissue in the belly wall and muscles may lead to a hernia, including:

  • Chronic constipation and pushing hard (straining) to have a bowel movement
  • Chronic cough
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Enlarged prostate, straining to urinate
  • Extra weight
  • Fluid in the abdomen (ascites)
  • Heavy lifting
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Poor nutrition
  • Smoking
  • Overexertion
  • Undescended testicles

Surgery is the only treatment that can permanently fix a hernia. Surgery may be more risky for patients with serious medical problems. Surgery secures the weakened abdominal wall tissue (fascia) and closes any holes. Most hernias are closed with mesh patches to plug the hole.

Office Location


Arrow Surgical Associates
10599 N. Tatum Blvd., #F151
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Tel: 602-977-0136

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