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General Surgery Clinic Education and Resources

General Surgery Clinic is committed to providing high quality care and wellness education to our patients. Please use this page to explore educational resources.



  • 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....