Don't battle the bulge - Fix your hernia before it grows

Hosted by Robert M. Simons, MD

Almost all hernias start out as a small, painless bulge in the abdomen or groin. Hernias develop when a weak spot within the outer layers of the abdominal wall separate and the inner layers push through. A sac forms and parts of the abdominal wall, intestines, or plain old body fat flow over and fill the new space. Join us for today’s Health eTalk with Cooper attending surgeon Robert M. Simons, MD, FACS.

People can live for years with a hernia and have no problem. Some people have chronic pain but put off getting their hernia repaired. Hernias do not repair themselves and only get bigger and potentially more dangerous as time goes on.

The most common types of hernia are the inguinal (groin) hernia, femoral, umbilical, incisional, epigastric and hiatal hernia. Most can be fixed as an outpatient surgical procedure. Some require a hospital stay. Log on. Find out what if you can keep on living with your hernia or if the time for a repair is here.

Dr. Simons is an attending surgeon with Cooper University Hospital since 2002. He is board certified in general surgery and advanced laparoscopic surgery. He is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College and completed his internship and residency at Lankenau Hospital. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and is the assistant director of Cooper’s general surgery residency program.