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General surgeon Raj Kotak at Florida Hospital North Pinellas Surgical Institute specializes in the repair of multiple types of basic and complex hernias via advanced and minimally invasive surgical techniques. This common condition, seen in men and women patients of all ages, is what happens when a portion of an organ or piece of tissue pushes into a weakened portion of muscle, causing a bulge or tear. Medical treatment is required to resolve a hernia and avoid potential health issues including pain, discomfort and intestinal strangulation.

Many excellent primary care physicians in the Tampa Bay metro area refer their patients with a suspected or confirmed hernia condition to us for surgical treatment by our general surgeon, Dr. Kotak, or our thoracic, vascular and general surgeon, Dr. Astra. We are happy to provide advanced, minimally invasive and thoroughly effective surgical procedures to resolve all kinds of hernias, so contact us at 727.270.9927 or fill out an online appointment request form to arrange for a surgical consult today.

Types of Hernia Addressed by Our Surgeons

  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Epigastric Hernia
  • Femoral Hernia
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Ventral Hernia

Hernia Symptoms

  • Painless or tender lump, usually in the abdomen
  • Fever, nausea and vomiting (in cases of a bowel obstruction or strangulated hernia)

Causes and Risk Factors for Hernias

  • Lifting a heavy object
  • Family history of hernias
  • Heavy coughing
  • Straining in the bathroom
  • Being overweight

Diagnosing a Hernia

  • Physical exam
  • Imaging studies (X-ray, ultrasound, CT scan)

Hernia Treatments

  • Emergency surgery
  • Scheduled surgery