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Abdominal pain not going away? It might be a hernia.
If you’re experiencing abdominal pain when lifting, coughing, urinating or during other activities, you may be suffering from a hernia. A hernia is a weakness in the wall of the abdomen that allows its contents to push outward, potentially causing a bulge under the skin. Pain can either be dull or sharp and may radiate into the hip, back and legs and be relieved when you lie down or rest.

Types of hernias
The type of hernia you have depends on its location. Most hernias form in the groin at or near the internal ring. This is the entrance to a canal between the abdomen and groin. Hernias can also occur in the abdomen, thigh, or genitals.
  • An incisional hernia occurs at the site of a previous surgical incision
  • An umbilical hernia occurs at the navel
  • An indirect inguinal hernia occurs in the groin at the internal ring
  • A direct inguinal hernia occurs in the groin near the internal ring
  • A femoral hernia occurs just below the groin
  • An epigastric hernia occurs in the upper abdomen at the midline

Surgery: The Best Treatment
A hernia will not heal on its own. Surgery is needed to repair the defect in the abdominal wall. If not treated, a hernia can get larger. It can also lead to serious medical complications. If your pain is indeed a hernia, an experienced team of experts will listen to your concerns, offer advice and recommend the best way to treat your pain. It’s our goal to get you back to your regular life as quick as possible. The good news is that hernia surgery can be done quickly and safely. In most cases, you can go home the same day as your surgery.

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For more information or to schedule an exam, contact your primary care provider or any of these locations:

Midwest Hernia Center - Burnsville
Ridgeview Medical Building
303 East Nicollet Blvd.
Suite 300
Burnsville, MN 55337
Appointments: 952-435-4140

Midwest Hernia Center - Edina
Fairview Southdale Hospital
6405 France Avenue S.
Suite W440
Edina, MN 55435
Appointments: 952-345-6650

Fairview Northland Medical Center
General Surgery
Appointments: 763-389-3344 (Princeton) or 320-983-7400 (Milaca)

Fairview Clinics – Wyoming
Specialty Clinic
5200 Fairview Blvd.
Wyoming, MN 55092
Appointments: 651-982-7650

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