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What is a Ventral Hernia, and How is it Treated?

 

When tissues bulge through a weak opening in your abdomen, that’s referred to as a ventral hernia.  Any point on your abdominal wall can be a candidate for this to happen.

You are at risk of a hernia any time you lift a heavy object, but increased risk comes from pregnancy, obesity, prior hernias, abdominal surgeries, bowel injuries, and a family hernia history.  Many people are also born with a congenital defect that will cause the abdominal wall to be thin from birth.

Symptoms of a ventral hernia can take time to occur and may in fact never show.  Symptoms that do present include mild abdominal discomfort, full-on abdominal pain, skin and tissue bulging outward in the abdominal area, vomiting and nausea.

These may increase when standing or lifting heavy objects and you may see a bulging growth in the abdomen that feels painful to touch.

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What is Gallbladder Surgery

Benrus Surgical performs gallbladder surgery on patients. The gallbladder stores bile, which is a fluid in your body that helps you to digest food. If there are problems with the gallbladder, you can get hard fragments called gallstones built up in the organ that can be anywhere from the size of a grain of rice to a golf ball. These hard formations...
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What Is a Femoral Hernia

  If you see a painful lump in the inner thigh or groin area, you may have a femoral hernia. It can often be simply pushed in or disappears when lying down. Any cough or muscle strain can cause it to appear. A femoral hernia is often caused by strain on the tummy, such as straining on the toilet due to constipation, or carrying heavy weights. ...
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Colonoscopies in St. Charles

  Benrus Surgical performs Colonoscopies at our surgery centers in St. Louis, St. Charles, St. Peters, and O'Fallon. A Colonoscopy is an exam that we use to find changes or issues with the large intestine (colon) and rectum.  The colonoscope, a long, flexible tube is placed into the rectum, and a tiny video camera mounted at the tip of th...
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