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Get hernias evaluated to avoid potential dangers

Moustafa Hassan, MDHernias, or weak spots where an internal organ bulges through muscle or tissue, come in many forms, including the commonly occurring inguinal or groin hernias as well as incisional hernias, which happen at the site of previous surgery. Since hernias can be dangerous, they should be evaluated by a primary care provider or a surgeon, says Moustafa Hassan, MD, director of acute care surgery at Upstate. He describes the evaluation process and the multidisciplinary approach used to determine hernia treatment, as well as what patients should expect from a hernia repair operation. (For a humorous but accurate take on hernias, Hassan recommends this Weird Al Yankovic video.)