The public is invited to learn more about how to diagnose and treat a hernia, including the treatment options available, at a free Hernia Screening and Information Session at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Breezy Point Clinic.

Surgical expert Dr. Andrew Loveitt will briefly discuss the signs and symptoms of a hernia, the importance of early detection and the latest minimally invasive treatment options available for hernia repair at CRMC, including minimally invasive robotic surgery.

Following the seminar, free screenings will be offered in the clinic exam rooms. The private exam will include checking the abdomen and groin region for hernias.

People with hernias usually experience swelling, a bulge or pain in the abdomen, pelvis or groin area. They may also have pain or discomfort, especially when bending over, coughing or lifting. Those with hernias also have weakness, pressure or a feeling of heaviness in their abdomen and often have acid reflux, chest pain or difficulty swallowing.

The event is free, but preregistration is requested by calling 218-545-1048.