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Our Lady of the Lake Comprehensive Hernia Center

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The Our Lady of the Lake Comprehensive Hernia Center, part of the Surgeons Group of Baton Rouge, is a highly recognized and accredited center of excellence in Louisiana for hernia care. At our center, you’ll find expertly trained, specialized surgeons who can provide top-of-the-line treatment for hernias, even if you have had hernia surgery before.

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Our team is among the leading surgeons in the region for robotic, laparoscopic, minimally invasive and complex abdominal wall reconstruction surgery, providing a full scope of comprehensive services to hernia patients throughout their health journey — and making us a destination for the best in quality hernia care and abdominal core health.

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What is a hernia?

A hernia is a bulge that occurs through the muscles of the abdominal wall – it can be a bulging intestine or other organ, or even fat. Weakness in the muscle wall allows these bulges to push through. In adults, the most common types of hernia are inguinal, incisional and hiatal.

Symptoms of Hernias

Symptoms can vary. Sometimes the onset is gradual, with no symptoms other than the development of a bulge. In others, the hernia may present with a sudden giving away of the abdominal wall, which can be painful. Chronic groin pain is also a common indication of a hernia.

In adults, hernia symptoms can appear as back pain, pain in the location of the hernia itself or nausea. Some patients may feel a soft lump in a post-surgery scar or in your groin or abdomen. Pressing the lump or lying down may make it disappear. This lump may be painful when you lift heavy objects, bend over, cough or sneeze.

In some cases, an incarcerated hernia gets so constricted that the blood supply is cut off and the tissue swells. Increasing pain or a tender lump that won't go away indicates that the hernia has strangulated. When this occurs, the intestine can die quickly, leading to a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical attention.

Chronic Groin Pain

While chronic groin pain is not a direct indicator of a hernia, it can be caused by an existing hernia and can be a result of a hernia surgery. Groin pain may occur immediately after an injury or may be more gradual over a period of weeks or even months. Groin pain might be worsened by continued use of the injured area. The most common cause of groin pain is also known as a sports hernia, which can result after strenuous physical activities. Direct and indirect causes of groin pain can include arthritis, lymph nodes, UTIs and more.

Minimally Invasive Treatment for Hernias

Hernia repair surgery, known as herniorrhaphy or hernioplasty (when a mesh is used), is usually recommended when a hernia becomes painful and affects daily activities or if its presence causes additional health issues like intestinal blockages and limited blood flow. At Our Lady of the Lake, most hernias can be repaired with laparoscopic or robotic-assisted surgery.

Karl Leblanc

MD, MBA, FACS, FASMBS, Medical Director, Comprehensive Hernia Center

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Daryl Marx

MD, FACS, Medical Director, Robotics Institute

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