That hernia isn’t going to go away on its own!

If you suspect you may have a hernia, it’s important that you get checked out right away. Our experienced team of physicians at Midwest Hernia Center at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina is here to answer your questions, offer expert advice and recommend treatment options so you can get back to enjoying your activities.

What is a hernia? 

Hernias result from an abdominal weakness or tear that becomes a hole, allowing the inner lining of the abdomen to push outward, often causing a bulge under the skin. While some of us are born with hernias, they’re typically caused by wear and tear over time or strenuous physical activity such as lifting and running. Most hernias form in the groin at or near the internal ring (the entrance to a canal between the abdomen and groin), but they can also occur in the abdomen, thigh or genital area. Wherever your hernia is, over time, the bulge may get bigger and gradually add to your discomfort.

There are several types of hernias:  

  • Inguinal hernia – the most common type of hernia, occurring in or near the groin
  • Incisional hernia – occurs at the site of a scar from a previous surgery in the abdominal wall
  • Ventral/Epigastric hernia – an abdominal wall hernia, above the umbilicus
  • Umbilical hernia – “belly button” hernias can occur at any age
  • Femoral hernia – occurs where the leg joins the lower abdomen
  • Hiatal hernia – occurs when part of the stomach slips up from the abdomen into the chest


Symptoms include:  

  • Progressively worse pain, aches and/or a burning sensation
  • Discomfort that radiates into the hip, back, leg and/or abdomen
  • Pain when straining, lifting and/or coughing
  • Temporary relief from pain when you lie down
  • Bulging area, but no pain

Treating hernias

The pain associated with a hernia won’t go away on its own, and delaying treatment may make it even worse—early diagnosis can help you avoid potentially serious complications. The majority of hernia repairs can be performed quickly and safely, and don’t require general anesthesia or hospital stay. Patients are able to return to their activities with minimal discomfort.

Don’t live with the pain! Take the first step toward fixing your hernia at Midwest Hernia Center by scheduling an appointment—call 952-345-6550 or fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page, and someone from our care team will contact you directly.

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