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  • GERD and Hiatal Hernias

    Many adults have heard of GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. Up to 20% to 30% of the adult population has symptoms of GERD. “Essentially, it is a condition where acid that's supposed to stay in the stomach has made its way up into your esophagus,” explains Dr. Malachi McCurdy of Washington Regional General Surgery Clinic. He says there’s also often a link between GERD and another condition....

  • What Is a Hernia?

    Lower abdominal pain can have many causes; a common cause is hernia. “A hernia is a defect in a connective-tissue layer that separates one part of the body from another,” says Dr. Jeffrey Bell, a board-certified surgeon at Washington Regional General Surgery Clinic. For instance, a hernia can occur when part of the intestine protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall; the weak spot might be present at birth or develop later in life due to aging, injury, abdominal surgery or, for smokers, constant coughing....

  • Hernia Repair Using Mesh

    Abdominal hernias, which occur when part of an organ or abdominal tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall, often require surgical repair to avoid potentially life-threatening complications. During hernia repair, surgical mesh is frequently used....