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At St. Joseph Medical Center, our general surgery team uses the newest, safest technology available, including minimally invasive procedures that reduce pain and recovery time. We create individual plans for procedures - and patient safety during surgery is always our top priority.
We perform a wide range of general surgeries, including:
- Hernia Repair
St. Joe’s also offers specialty surgeries including:
- Dental surgery
- Diagnostic surgery
- Ear, nose and throat surgery
- Gastroscopy/colonoscopy procedures
- Obstetric and gynecologic surgery
- Orthopedic surgery
- Trauma surgery
Our surgeons offer minimally invasive hernia procedures and surgeries on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Treatments include:
- Open surgical repair - one incision, usually over the hernia
- Laparoscopic repair - multiple small incisions, usually away from the hernia
Both repairs close the hernia using sutures, mesh, or both. Deciding which option is best is based on multiple factors, is highly individual, and is determined after an in depth discussion with your surgeon.
Hernias can occur in the abdomen, groin or diaphragm. While most abdominal hernias aren’t considered emergencies, they can be painful and interfere with your quality of life. Based on the severity of the hernia, it may need to be surgically repaired. Many patients undergo elective surgery to prevent the possible complication of a strangulated hernia in the future.
Hernias do not go away on their own. It’s important to talk to your doctor about the signs and symptoms of a hernia:
- Swelling or bulge in the groin or scrotum (the pouch that contains the testicles)
- Increased pain at the site of the bulge
- Pain while lifting
- Increase in the bulge size over time
- A dull aching sensation
- A sense of feeling full or signs of bowel obstruction
Hernia types include:
- Inguinal hernia - located in the groin, one of the most common types of hernia
- Femoral hernia - less common groin hernia
- Incisional hernia - hernias that result from a prior incision caused by a previous operation
- Ventral hernia - occurs on your anterior abdominal wall and can be present at birth or developed later
- Spigelian hernia - can be difficult to detect as it is a hernia that does not involve all layers of the abdominal wall so the bulge may not be as obvious
Most insurance requires a referral from a primary care provider prior to being seen for an initial evaluation. Please reach out to your primary care provider to request your referral, or call our office for further assistance. You can reach us at 406-883-5680.
If you don’t have a primary care provider, we can help you find one using our provider directory.
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