Hernia Surgery The general surgeons at Mission Surgery offer specialized care for the diagnosis and surgical treatment of hernias. At Mission, we perform more hernia surgeries than any other hospital system in the western North Carolina region, ensuring patients have access to an experienced team of specialists dedicated to serving with the highest standard of care. What Is a Hernia? A hernia is a bulge caused by tissue pushing through the wall of the muscle that is holding it in. While there are several different types of hernias, most are abdominal hernias, meaning that they occur in the belly and groin areas. You may have a hernia if you can feel a soft lump in your belly or groin, or in a scar where you had surgery in the past. The lump may go away if you press on it or lie down, and it may be painful if you cough, bend over or lift something heavy. Types of Hernias Inguinal hernia – this occurs when tissue pushes its way through a weak spot in the groin muscle. Femoral hernia – this occurs when the fatty tissue or part of the bowel pushes through into the groin at the top of the inner thigh. Umbilical hernia – this occurs when the intestines push through the abdominal muscles at the belly button. While they commonly occurs in infants, they may also occur in adults. Incisional hernia – this type of hernia is caused when part of the bowel bulges at or near an incompletely healed surgical wound. Hiatal hernia – this type of hernia occurs when a part of your stomach bulges up through the diaphragm and into your chest. Treatment Hernias in adults do not resolve on their own, and surgical repair is typically recommended as the best treatment option. Repairing the hernia can relieve the symptoms of pain and discomfort, make the bulge go away and can prevent future complications. At Mission, we strive to be on the forefront of the latest technologies and treatments. Our surgeons use advanced, minimally invasive surgical procedures, including state-of-the-art robotic surgery. Performed through smaller incisions than traditional surgery, the surgeon uses finger controls and a foot pedal to manipulate tiny robotic arms to perform the procedure. The surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements are replicated by the tips of the robotic arms, allowing the surgeon to perform complex procedures in more confined space than what is possible using traditional surgery. Patients may benefit from smaller incisions, less scarring and shorter hospital stays.