The physicians and staff of NGPG Surgical Associates are here to provide you with expert care with a compassionate touch. Our surgeons have decades of experience diagnosing and treating hernias.
Our experienced team of surgeons have performed thousands of hernia repairs, and some of our doctors are even pioneers in this field. With six locations across northeast Georgia, NGPG Surgical Associates offers the ability to schedule a consultation and your follow-up appointments close to home, while having access to leading-edge technologies at Northeast Georgia Medical Center for your surgery.
Types of Hernias We Treat
A hernia is a mass buildup of tissue pushing through the opening in your abdomen or groin area. It can also be called a rupture, or referred to as a defect.
Often found in women, the tissue bulges from the lower belly into the upper thigh, just before the groin area.
Common for patients who have had surgery and their muscles didn’t fully heal.
Common hernia that occurs in the groin muscle.
A bulge intrusion above the belly button.
A type of Ventral Hernia found near or on the belly button. This hernia occurs when the intestines push through a weak spot in the belly. It’s often found in children.
Found in the middle of the belly, below the breastbone and above the bellybutton. In this scenario, fat is pushing through weak parts of the muscle wall and it is common for the hernia to be small and for there to be multiples.
A hiatal hernia is a protrusion of the stomach or other organs through the esophageal hiatus, an opening in the diaphragm that allows the esophagus to pass from the chest to the abdomen. Learn more
The only way to treat a hernia is with surgery. There are a number of surgical options available, which your surgeon will discuss with you based on your specific case. Because our physicians perform surgeries at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, they have access to the latest technologies to minimize pain, reduce recovery time and improve outcomes.
- Open surgery
- Laproscopic hernia repair
- Robotic hernia repair – using the da Vinci Surgical System, we can offer improved outcomes and reduced recovery
Schedule an Appointment
Whether you have been diagnosed by your primary care doctor with a hernia or you are experiencing abdominal pain you believe may be a hernia, you can schedule an appointment with NGPG. To schedule an appointment for a hernia consultation, please call us today at 770-219-9200 or use the form on this page. While a referral is appreciated, it is not required to schedule an appointment with NGPG General Surgery for hernia diagnosis and treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the symptoms for a hernia?
Symptoms for a hernia can include:
- Bulge, pain or swelling in your groin or abdomen area
- Experiencing pain while lifting, coughing or bending over
- In the beginning stages, you can push the bulge back in while laying down
- After this point, the build up can become severe and life threatening
Common causes for a hernia can include:
- Strenuous heavy lifting
- Chronic coughing and/or constipation
- Damage from injury or previous surgery
- Failure of the abdominal wall to close after pregnancy
- Personal or family history of hernias
Please seek emergency care in the event of any of the following:
- Pain rapidly increases
- Hernia/bulge turns purple, blue or a dark color
- If you are experiencing nausea, vomiting, or both
A hernia can be diagnosed through an MRI, a CT scan, a physical exam, and/or an Ultrasound.
Recovery depends on what type of hernia surgery you and your surgeon decide is right. Learn more.
While a referral is always appreciated, it is not required. If you believe you have a hernia or you have been diagnosed and need treatment, contact NGPG General Surgery today for experienced and compassionate care.