Hernia Surgery

Singing River provides the latest in technology and the best providers for hernia surgeries of all kinds.

Hernias are a common area of need for general surgery. When an organ or part of tissue protrudes through a hole in the muscle wall that should hold it in place, a hernia occurs. There are many things that can cause a hernia including pervious surgery in that area, increased pressure due to obesity, or from a natural muscle weakness or opening that worsens over time.

Types of hernias

There are multiple kinds of hernias that are treated at Singing River, including:

Inguinal hernias
Ventral hernias
Incisional hernias
Sports hernias
Umbilical hernias
Femoral hernias
Obturator hernias
Spigelian hernias

Who is affected?

Hernias can affect all ages and genders. Other factors that can increase your risk of a hernias include:

Improper heavy lifting
Straining during bowel movements
Sharp blows to the abdomen
Chronic cough
Poor nutrition
Family history


Painful or enlarging hernias usually require surgery to relieve discomfort and prevent serious complications. For common small hernias such as an inguinal or umbilical hernias, the hole or weakness is often repaired using a mesh material to reinforce and support the weakened area. A hernia may be repaired using an open, laparoscopic, or robotic-assisted technique.

Hernia repair is one of the most common surgeries in the United States. According to the FDA, over one million Americans undergo some type of hernia surgery annually. Our surgeons treat hernias that range from routine to complex, such as recurrent hernias.

With so many types of hernias and the unique needs of each patient, there are many different approaches to surgery and recovery, and your surgeon will guide you through the best approach for you. Your hernia surgery will require general anesthesia and may be followed by a short hospital stay. It will be important to take it easy in the first few weeks after you go home, particularly in terms of lifting heavy objects or other strenuous activity. Surgery and recovery will vary from patient-to-patient.