Hernia A hernia happens when part of your internal organ or tissues bulge out through a weak area of muscle. They’re common and affect men, women and children. Most are in the abdomen, called inguinal hernias, but they can also form around the belly button, through a scar or through a small opening in the diaphragm. Signs that you might have a hernia include: A bulge in the area on either side of your pubic bone Burning or aching at the bulge Pain or discomfort in the groin, especially when bending, coughing or lifting Pain or discomfort when using the bathroom Weakness, pressure or a dragging sensation in the groin Most hernias are not life-threatening, and some may be small enough where your doctor may recommend watchful waiting, but enlarged or painful hernias usually require surgery to prevent more serious complications. The goal of the hernia surgery will be to repair the opening in the muscle wall. At Inspira, our surgeons are trained in minimally invasive laparoscopy procedures for hernia treatment designed to cause less discomfort and scarring after surgery. Your doctor will be able to determine if this surgical method is best for your hernia care. If you suspect you have a hernia, make an appointment with an Inspira doctor at 1-800-INSPIRA. Why Choose Inspira for Surgery? Sophisticated Surgical Experiences Our award-winning and state-of-the-art surgical facilities have received national recognition and are staffed with fellowship-trained surgeons ready to guide you on your road to recovery. Our highly-skilled surgical team has been providing the region with state-of-the-art robotic surgeries since 2010. Minimally invasive robotic surgeries are designed to minimize scarring and speed up recovery time, so you can get back to your daily routine quicker, and with less pain. Strength of the Network There’s no reason to travel outside of South Jersey when skilled surgeons are operating right in your community. With more than 150 access points, you can have confidence in the robust community hospital care offered at Inspira. You can trust that you’re getting the best possible care for your hernia surgery. Respected Surgical Leaders in South Jersey Inspira’s surgical team has the expertise, experience and credentials to pass on their knowledge to the surgical leaders of tomorrow. The General Surgery Residency Program is a model of excellence for medical education, research and patient care in a community-based atmosphere. Our surgeons, physicians and nurses provide skillful, compassionate care to everyone that comes to our operating rooms.