At Baptist we believe hernia repair should include immediate access to medical care, pain management, and quick treatment for a fast recovery. Hernias can range from uncomfortable to excruciating, so our hernia treatment specialists offer same-day appointments to get you in, get you better and get you back to your life.
Hernia treatment at Baptist
The Baptist Hernia Center focuses solely on hernia treatment, including hiatal hernia, inguinal and umbilical hernia and ventral hernia.
Hernia treatments are outpatient procedures that are extremely low-risk and well tolerated by people of all ages. Because we have a dedicated hernia center, Baptist hernia specialists in San Antonio are focused on the latest technology and techniques to ensure recovery happens quickly and completely.
- Same day appointments
- Board certified surgeons with experience treating all types of hernia
- Advanced pain management techniques
- Minimal post-op discomfort
- One visit to the hospital and minimal hernia center visits
- Special area for hernia patients in the hospital
- Two-week recovery time that gets you back to action faster
Types of hernia, hernia treatment options & pain management
What is a hernia?
A hernia is an opening or weakness in the muscular structure of the wall of the abdomen. This defect causes a bulging of the abdominal wall. A hernia can worsen when abdominal pressure increases through activities such as lifting or coughing.
Imagine a barrel with a hole in its side and a balloon that is blown up inside the barrel. Part of the inflated balloon would bulge out through the hole. The balloon going through the hole is like the tissues of the abdomen bulging through a hernia.
Serious complications from a hernia result from tissue becoming trapped in the hernia, a process called incarceration. Trapped or incarcerated tissues may have their blood supply cut off, leading to damage or death of the tissue. Ignoring a hernia can affect your ability to function and cause intestinal obstruction, which can lead to major surgery.
Types of hernia
The most common types of hernia are:
- Hiatal Hernia
- Inguinal Hernia
- Ventral Hernia
A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of the stomach pushes up into the chest through a small opening in the diaphragm, the muscle that separates the abdomen from the chest.
Most small hiatal hernias are relatively harmless, and you may not even know you have one unless your doctor discovers it while examining you for another condition.
A large hiatal hernia, on the other hand, may allow food and acid to back up into the esophagus. This can result in heartburn and/or chest pain. Large hiatal hernias sometimes need surgical repair that can often be done laparoscopically. Learn more about hiatal hernias.
A ventral hernia (incisional hernia) is a
An inguinal hernia is a bulge that occurs in your groin region, the area between the lower part of your abdomen and your thigh. Inguinal hernias occur because of a weakening of the muscles in the lower abdomen. Inguinal hernias are fairly common, affecting millions of Americans a year. Causes include obesity, pregnancy, heavy lifting and straining to pass stool. Learn more about inguinal hernias.
defect that can develop in the abdominal wall, around the navel, in the groin or anywhere else a surgical incision has been made. Part of the bowel or intestine may protrude through a weak spot or tear in the thin muscular wall that holds the stomach and other organs in place. The resulting bulge or tear in the abdominal muscles can often be repaired with advanced laparoscopy. Our surgeons use advanced hernia repair technologies to reinforce or bridge abdominal wall hernias for extended support during and after wound healing.