Hernia Specialist

Nexus Care

Brian Citro, MD

General Surgeon located in Las Vegas, NV

Hernias are increasingly common, but you might be surprised to hear that teens and children are just as much, if not more, at risk than adults. Some of the more severe cases can lead to surgery. For best results, Dr. Brian Citro, a general surgeon, uses the minimally invasive da Vinci® system. Dr. Citro guides his patients through everything from diagnosis to cutting-edge treatment at Nexus Care, his Las Vegas-based practice. To find out how Dr. Citro can help you with your hernia, call today or book an appointment online.

Hernia Q & A

What is a hernia?

A hernia occurs when part of an organ is moved out of place and pokes through an opening in the surrounding cavity wall (typically the abdominal wall). It can occur from:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle strain
  • Aging
  • A genetic defect


The most common areas for a hernia to appear are around the

  • Abdomen
  • Groin
  • Thigh


If you’re overweight, have a chronic cough or constipation, or have a personal family history of hernias, you may be at higher risk.

Hernias can put too much pressure on other body tissues and don’t disappear of their own accord. If left untreated, they can continue to grow bigger, more painful, and cause swelling, so seeking the right course of treatment is crucial.

Dr. Citro’s approach is centered on care, and the best technology for the safest, most efficient, surgical results.

What are the common symptoms of a hernia?

If you have a hernia, one of the first things you might notice is the lump. Your hernia will stand out to you the most when you’re standing up, actively coughing, or bending over.

For some types of hernia, like an umbilical hernia, there’s typically only one symptom: the lump. Monitor any changes and pay attention to your bumps and lumps.

Other common symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Weakness
  • Pressure
  • Aching feeling around the lump area


Some hernias have no symptoms and are only detectable with a medical exam. Dr. Citro can make a diagnosis using a combination of tools including X-rays, endoscopies, or physical examinations.

You may be able to avoid a hernia by maintaining your healthy body weight and avoiding over-straining during heavy-lifting.

How does the doctor treat a hernia?

If you have a hernia, your treatment options range from medications to surgery. It’s always a good idea to work with Dr.Citro to find the right course of treatment for you.

To perform surgery, Dr. Citro uses the trusted da Vinci system, where his hand movements guide miniature robotic instruments inside the body. These tiny devices are far more flexible than the human hand. With the minimally invasive da Vinci procedure, you’ll experience far less scarring and a shorter recovery period.

Thanks to modern technology, Dr. Citro’s diagnosis and treatment of even the worst hernia cases can help you get back to your normal routine quickly. To find out what’s the best hernia treatment for you, call Nexus Care today or book an appointment online.