Hernia repair is about 20 percent of Dr. W. Borden Hooks III’s practice at NHRMC Physician Specialists – General Surgery Specialists.
“Essentially a hernia is just a hole in the muscular layer of your abdominal wall,” Hooks said.
Hernias most commonly occur in places that used to be open when babies were in the womb, he said.“The belly button is a very common spot to get hernias because that’s where the placenta was attached to you,” Hooks said. “When that falls off, the abdominal wall is supposed to close up, but in about 20 percent of the population it actually will stay open to some degree.”
Not all hernias need to be repaired, he said.
“The things that we worry about are intestines getting stuck in the hernia and becoming obstructed,” Hooks said. “That certainly turns into an emergency type procedure a lot of times.”