What is a hernia repair?

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A hernia repair is the surgical correction of a hernia. A hernia is a condition in which an organ or other structure protrudes through a weak part of tissue or muscle. In some cases, a hernia can create a visible lump or bulge in the skin. A hernia repair returns the organ or structure to its proper place and fixes the weakened area of muscle or tissue.

A hernia repair is a common but major surgery with significant risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options available. Consider getting a second opinion about all of your treatment choices before having a hernia repair.

Types of hernia repair

The types of hernia repair procedures include:

  • Mesh repairs use a mesh plug to cover and strengthen the weakened area of muscle or tissue.

  • Suture repairs use stitches to strengthen the tissues around the weakened area.

Medical Reviewers: Daphne E. Hemmings, MD, MPH Last Review Date: May 7, 2013

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