Do you experience pain, aching or pressure when doing normal activities, such as lifting, coughing, or running? Do you feel a bulge or swelling around your abdomen or groin? If the answer is “yes,” you may have a hernia. Hernias are a common condition, but can severely interfere with your life if left untreated. The good news is that a hernia can be successfully treated with surgery, so you can resume your everyday life without pain.
What Causes a Hernia?
A hernia happens when an organ pushes through the muscle wall or other tissue that usually keeps it in place. There are many different types of hernias, although some types are more common.
If you suspect you have a hernia, it’s important to see your doctor right away. Left untreated, a common hernia can become a life-threatening strangulated hernia, which occurs when part of the hernia loses blood flow.
4 Most Common Types of Hernias:
- Inguinal hernia: Caused by weak muscles. The muscles may have been weak since birth, or they might have been caused by strain, pregnancy, or obesity. It occurs when fatty tissue or part of the intestine pokes into the groin, and it more commonly affects men.
- Femoral hernia: Also caused by weak muscles. The muscles may have been weak since birth, or they might have been caused by strain, pregnancy, or obesity. It occurs when fatty tissue or part of the intestine pushes into the groin area, and it more commonly affects women.
- Umbilical hernia: Caused by strain, pregnancy, giving birth, or persistent coughing. An umbilical hernia occurs when fatty tissue or part of the intestine pushes into the belly button area.
- Hiatal hernia: The cause of this type of hernia is not fully known, but it’s thought to be caused by a weak diaphragm or pressure on the abdomen. A hiatal hernia occurs when part of the stomach pushes through the diaphragm into the chest cavity.
Symptoms of a Hernia:
- Swelling in the groin or scrotum
- Pain in the area that is swelling
- The swelling increases over time
- Pain while lifting
- A sense of feeling full
- Signs of an obstructed bowel
- An aching or burning sensation
- Sometimes blood in the stool
Hernia surgery is recommended to prevent the hernia from becoming larger or developing complications. There are two types of hernia surgery: open hernia repair surgery and laparoscopic hernia repair surgery. Both methods are safe and your surgeon will help you choose the best type of hernia surgery for your needs. You can go home the same day after your hernia surgery.
- Open hernia surgery: This requires a larger incision in the abdomen, which gives the surgeon greater access to the hernia site. The surgery may involve a mesh insertion to strengthen the hernia repair. The recovery time is longer for open hernia surgery, but it may be a better option for your needs if your surgeon recommends it.
- Laparoscopic hernia surgery: This requires a smaller incision. The surgery is done with a tiny camera (called a laparoscope) which allows the surgeon to see the hernia through the incision. The abdomen in inflated with carbon dioxide, which allows the surgeon to see the area more clearly during the procedure. The recovery time is shorter for laparoscopic hernia surgery, but it may only be suitable for certain hernia types.
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