A hernia is a hole in the muscle of the abdominal wall. Hernias are classified and treated according to their location, size, and symptoms. Hernias of the upper abdominal wall are called ventral hernias. Hernias at the belly button are called umbilical hernias. Hernias associated with a previous incision are called incisional hernias. Groin hernias are most commonly called inguinal and are associated with a tunnel through the muscle that is more prominent in men. Occasionally, hernias in the groin called femoral hernias, occur where the blood vessels flowing to the leg exit the abdomen. Different types of hernias require different operations, and the closure of the hole in the muscle may need reinforcement with mesh.
At Albany surgical, we are experts in evaluating and treating different types of hernias. Many hernias can be repaired laparoscopically, without large abdominal incisions. Some hernias can be left alone. The plan for treating any hernia depends on a detailed history, physical exam, and occasionally, radiographic imaging.