A hernia is a weakness or defect in the wall of the abdomen. This can happen from activities of daily living such as pushing, pulling or straining. However this could also be present at birth. There are many different types of hernias and can be treated in different ways. At the Surgical Group of Southwest Michigan we treat hernias by an open repair, laparoscopic and robotically. If you have been diagnosed with a hernia, your surgeon will discuss with you the most appropriate treatment option for you.