Hernia Treatment Center

Hernia Treatment Center

Each year, an estimated 5 million American men, women and children develop hernias. Many ignore the symptoms in the hopes that the condition will just “go away”, but if left untreated, a hernia can lead to more serious health problems. With the advances in medical technology, hernia surgery is more common than ever, and in many cases can be performed on an outpatient basis with minimally invasive techniques, sometimes using the a robot through the da Vinci surgical approach.

Types of Hernia Treatments

There are several procedures that may be performed based on the type of hernia you have. This section of our site provides you with an overview of various hernia procedures commonly performed. Your physician will recommend the most appropriate course of action for your condition, general health and other factors. This information should not be used as a substitute for talking openly with all medical professionals involved in your care.

da Vinci® Surgery System

da Vinci®… Changing the Experience of Surgery in Peoria

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available.

The da Vinci® Surgical System provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon’s hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

For the patient, benefits may include:*

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter recovery time
  • A faster return to normal daily activities
  • And in many cases, better clinical outcomes

To learn more, visit: http://www.davincisurgery.com/

Hiatal Hernia


A hiatal hernia occurs when the normal opening in the diaphragm is too large. If left untreated, the stomach or other abdominal contents may bulge, or herniate, into the chest. This can cause heartburn, pulmonary aspiration due to the displacement of a lung by the hernia, or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux). There are two types of hiatal hernias — sliding and para-espohageal hernias. In a sliding hiatal hernia, part of the stomach moves up through an opening (hiatus) in the diaphragm. This is the most common type of hernia. A para-esophageal hernia occurs when the stomach twists upon itself and moves into the chest along the esophagus. Patients may have difficulty swallowing or have reflux symptoms.


Sliding hiatal hernias may not require treatment unless symptoms become problematic. Treatments generally include making changes to lifestyle and eating habits, and if necessary, taking antacids, acid reducers or acid blockers. A hiatal hernia may lead to GERD, in which case it will be treated with prescription medication, and if necessary, surgery.

Para-esophageal hernias require a surgical procedure involving moving the herniated area of the stomach back into the abdominal cavity. In an open hiatal hernia repair a cut is made in the stomach area while the patient is under general anesthesia. The esophageal hiatus (the opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes from the chest into the abdomen) is tightened, making it smaller so the stomach can no longer bulge through. The esophagus is then attached to the diaphragm.

In some cases, this procedure can be performed laparoscopically, using a thin, hollow tube with a camera on the end. Surgical tools are sent through the laparoscope to repair the hernia. This procedure results in fewer and smaller incisions, less pain and scarring, and a shorter hospital stay.



A hernia is a tear or weak spot in the abdominal wall. It occurs when an organ or tissue squeezes through a hole or a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue called fascia. Hernias are classified as inguinal, incisional, femoral and umbilical.


A herniorrhaphy is performed for individuals who are suffering pain or other symptoms of a hernia. Although the surgery performed to correct inguinal, incisional, femoral and umbilical hernias each differ slightly, the basic procedure is very similar. In an open hernia repair, a single, long incision is made in the groin. If the hernia is bulging out of the abdominal wall, it is pushed back into place. If it is going down the inguinal canal, the hernia sac is either pushed back or tied off and removed.

In some smaller hernias, the weak spot in the muscle wall is repaired by sewing the healthy muscle tissue together. In some cases, mesh patches of synthetic material are sewn over the weakened area in the abdominal wall after the hernia is pushed back into place, decreasing the risk of hernia reoccurrence. In a laparoscopic procedure, a thin, lighted tube with a camera is inserted thorough a small incision made under the patient’s belly button. Two other small incisions are made in the lower abdomen where the instruments are inserted. By viewing a TV monitor, the surgeon pulls the hernial sac back into the abdominal cavity, exposing the defect. He then covers the weakened portion with a mesh patch. The open hernia repair is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia, but the laparoscopic may be performed either under general anesthesia or, in some cases, regional anesthesia combined with a sedative.