At the Beth Israel Hernia Center, we treat hernias of all types. Here are answers to some questions you might have:
What is a hernia?
A hernia occurs when layers of the abdominal muscle become weak or torn. The pressure from inside the abdomen then pushes the lining of the abdominal wall out through this area of weakness, where it bulges under the skin. This sac under the skin may start as a small lump, but over time it can grow quite large because pressure from the abdomen pushes fat and intestines out, which then get stuck in the hernia sac.
How will I know if I have a hernia?
Hernia symptoms include:
How will my hernia be treated?
Treatment depends on the type of hernia you have. There are many types of hernias and they can appear in different parts of the body. The most common types are inguinal, umbilical and incisional hernias. Click on each button to learn about the different hernias types and how they are treated.
To make an appointment with one of our surgeons at the Beth Israel Hernia Center, please call 212.844.1555, or
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If you have questions about the Hernia Center and our doctors please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are glad to answer your questions but please do not send pictures of your hernia to the center.