More than 600,000 hernia repairs are performed in the US every year, making it one of the more common general surgical procedures performed. Hernia symptoms can range from a painless lump to a severely painful, tender, swollen protrusion. Although abdominal hernias can be present at birth, hernias often develop later in life. Any condition that increases the pressure in the abdominal cavity may contribute to the formation of a hernia. Examples include, but are not limited to heavy lifting, obesity, straining during a bowel movement as well as coughing. If you experience symptoms, you should visit your primary care physician and/or an emergency department. If you or a loved one would like more information about hernia surgery, please join Drs. Drew McRoberts, Terry Rager, Katie Fritz and Hannah Caulfield of Portneuf’s Surgical Specialists for an informative seminar. Learn about hernia - what it is, types of hernias, symptoms, how it is diagnosed, treatment options, recovery process and more. Additionally, our robot will be available throughout the evening. Seminar attendees will have the opportunity to test drive robotic technology. This free community seminar will be held in the Pebble Creek Conference Room at the Portneuf Medical Center Thurs, May 24, 2018. Doors open at 6:00 pm; the presentation begins at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve a seat, visit https://www.portneuf.org/event/community-seminars or call 208-239-2033. To learn more about Portneuf’s upcoming seminars be sure to like Portneuf Medical Center on Facebook.