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What Causes Hernias To Occur In Adults?

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Most of us have seen hernias in infants and children, which frequently occur near the belly button or elsewhere on the abdomen. You may be surprised to learn that hernias are also quite common among adults. In some cases, hernias cause no symptoms and can even correct themselves with simple lifestyle changes and exercises. However, many hernias cause pain or become a cosmetic nuisance. At Arizona Premier Surgery, with convenient locations in Chandler, Gilbert, and Scottsdale, AZ, our expert team performs advanced robotic hernia repair surgery to correct a wide range of hernias, both simple and complex. Learn more about the risk factors and potential causes of adult hernias here, and find out when hernia repair may be necessary.

What is a hernia?

Hernias, which often appear as a round bulge or lump beneath the skin, are the result of an organ or another structure pushing through a weakened or damaged spot in the muscle wall. Some of the most common types of hernias include:

  • Umbilical hernia
  • Ventral hernia
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Inguinal hernia

While many hernias can be seen and felt, some occur internally and are not visible from the outside. For example, a hiatal hernia develops at a junction between the diaphragm and stomach, producing no visible signs or symptoms. Instead, patients with a hiatal hernia often experience heartburn and other GI symptoms.

Can anyone develop a hernia?

Yes. Virtually anyone can develop a hernia, though some patients are more at risk than others. Technically speaking, a hernia is caused by a weak or damaged area in the muscle wall allowing a nearby organ or structure, such as the stomach or intestines, to bulge through it. With this in mind, patients with weak musculature – particularly in the groin or abdomen – often have a higher risk of developing a hernia. Some of the most common causes of hernias in adult men and women include:

  • Previous surgery
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Chronic cough
  • Excessive pushing or straining
  • Constipation
  • Heavy lifting
  • Injury
  • Naturally weak muscle wall
  • Genetic defect

Do I need to get my hernia repaired?

If you have an asymptomatic hernia that is not a cosmetic or functional nuisance, you may not need hernia repair. However, some hernias can cause discomfort and even lead to serious complications if left untreated. If you notice a change in the size, shape, color, or another feature of your hernia, or if you are experiencing pain, nausea, vomiting, or fever, you may need urgent hernia repair to prevent worsening symptoms or permanent damage. During your initial consultation for hernia repair in Arizona, our providers will examine your hernia, discuss your symptoms, order any necessary imaging studies, and recommend the most appropriate course of action.

At Arizona Premier Surgery, our highly experienced team utilizes the advanced da Vinci® robotic system to perform laparoscopic and robotic hernia repair surgery on all types of hernias. With this technology, our surgeons have maximum visibility, precision, and accuracy during hernia repair. Additionally, the tiny incisions used during robotic hernia repair mean less scarring, less bleeding, and a quicker, more comfortable recovery for patients.

With robotic hernia repair in Arizona, you can get back to your favorite activities sooner than you think

If you’re frustrated by the appearance of your hernia or have uncomfortable hernia symptoms, we can help. To learn more about the benefits of robotic hernia repair surgery, call Arizona Premier Surgery in Gilbert, Chandler, or Scottsdale, AZ to schedule your private consultation with one of our award-winning surgeons today!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.