A hernia occurs when part of the intestine protrudes through a weakness in the abdominal muscles. A soft bulge is seen underneath the skin where the hernia has occurred.

A hernia that occurs in the belly button area is called an umbilical hernia.

A hernia that occurs in the groin area is called an inguinal hernia.

The most common hernias are inguinal hernias and incisional hernias. The more complex or recurrent hernias, paraesophageal hernias are, ventral hernia or hiatal hernia. All can be treated successfully, sometimes minimally invasivas.Muchos techniques patients are referred to the surgeon for repair of hernias that have recurred.

There is an emphasis in performing minimally invasive surgery where appropriate, and often can repair large hernias with small incisions and advance laparoscopic techniques. This generally leads to less pain following surgery and a faster recovery for the patient.

Using a technique called separation of the components, if done properly, can reduce the recurrence rate of incisional hernia 40-60 percent to 20 percent, if performed with mesh reinforcement.