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How is a hernia treated?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Abdominal wall hernias are treated with surgery to reduce the hernia and repair the abdominal opening. If a hernia is asymptomatic, surgery can often be delayed. There are two main types of hernia surgery—herniorrhaphy and laparoscopy. Herniorrhaphy is a traditional surgery that uses a single long incision and stitches to repair the opening. Laparoscopic surgery is another option, which uses several small incisions and a tiny camera to reach and repair the hernia. Hernioplasty, which can be used with either type of surgery, uses a synthetic mesh patch to strengthen and close the hernia opening.

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