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Frequently Asked Questions about GORE® BIO-A® Hernia Plug

Should a hernia be repaired?

A hernia does not get better over time, nor will it go away by itself. In fact, they usually grow or get worse over time. Hernias can become a serious health threat. There is a risk of developing a problem with incarceration or strangulation of the bowel, which is a surgical emergency.

What is a hernia?

A hernia is defined as a protrusion or projection of an organ or a part of an organ through the wall of the cavity that normally contains it. An abdominal wall or ventral hernia often arises in the muscles of the abdomen wall where a previous incision was made. An inguinal hernia occurs in the groin (the area between the abdomen and thigh). It is called inguinal because the intestines push through a weak spot in the inguinal canal, which is a triangle-shaped opening between layers of abdominal muscle near the groin.