Hernia Repair

A hernia occurs when a weak spot in your belly muscles allows a piece of your intestines or the tissue around them to poke through. This can cause a bulge in the area. It can also cause pain. But you may not feel anything.

The hernia may be in your groin. Or it may be near your belly button. In some cases, it’s in a scar from an earlier surgery. A doctor can fix a hernia through a cut (incision) made near it. This is called open surgery. Or the doctor may make some very small cuts and use a thin, lighted scope and small tools. This is laparoscopic surgery. If your hernia is bulging, the bulge is pushed back into place. The doctor then sews the healthy tissue back together. Often a piece of material is used to patch the weak spot.

Open surgery will leave a longer scar. Laparoscopic surgery leaves a few small scars. The scars will fade with time.

You may need to take 1 to 2 weeks off from work. This depends on the type of work you do and how you feel.

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Listed below are Signature Medical Group physicians who specialize in this treatment.

Mindi S.T. Beahm, MD, FACS

Mindi S.T. Beahm

Independence, MO

  • General Surgery
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Independence Surgical Clinic

Independence Surgical Clinic
19550 East 39th St S
Independence, MO 64057
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