A hernia (or bulge) is a weakness or defect in the wall of the abdomen, allowing the contents of the abdomen to push outward. This weakness can be present at birth. More often, it occurs because of the wear and tear of daily living – heavy lifting, shoveling, etc. Hernias are more common in men, but can also affect women and children. They occur at any age. Most hernias are not life threatening. The repair of a hernia will decrease the discomfort you are having with the hernia and prevent the risk of major problems that can occur requiring emergency surgery.
A hernia will not heal on its own. Surgery needs to be done to repair the hernia. The surgery can be done with a laparoscope. This will leave a few small scars on your abdomen done laparoscopically, as compared to the traditional “open” repair, which leaves a longer scar. Most laparoscopic hernias are done robotic-assisted, repaired with mesh and will require a general anesthetic.