Putting off hernia treatment?
Did you know that some five million Americans have a hernia - but only about 750,000 Americans seek treatment each year?
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, many people do not seek treatment for a hernia because they believe that the surgery needed to repair it will be complicated and invasive requiring a long hospital stay and painful recovery.
But that is no longer the case. Hernia repairs are common and routine surgical procedures. With advanced laparoscopic surgery, hernias can be repaired with small incisions, less pain and as little as a 2-3 day recovery.
What is a hernia?
It’s a protrusion of an organ or tissue through an abnormal opening or tear in the body. It is commonly seen as a lump in your abdomen or groin. Unfortunately, there is no other permanent treatment for a hernia - it will not get better on its own.
There are five main types of hernia:
Femoral Hernia - A bulge or protrusion in the upper thigh, below the groin. It is more common among women than men.
Hiatel Hernia - Occurs in the upper part of the stomach, where it pushes into the chest.
Incisional Hernia - This can occur in patients that have had abdominal surgery in the past.
Inguinal Hernia - A bulge in the groin that is most common in men. In some cases, this hernia may go all the way down into the scrotum.
Umbilical Hernia - Most common during pregnancy, they occur right at your belly button, when your intestines bulge through the front of the abdominal wall.
It may seem odd, but there is no direct cause of hernias. Sometimes, they occur from heavy lifting or any activity that increases the pressure inside the abdomen such as straining during bowel movements. In some cases, a hernia may be present at birth but the bulge might not be noticeable until later in life.
Common symptoms of a hernia include discomfort, pain and often a bump that becomes sore and may grow. Some people also experience nausea, vomiting, gas, and constipation. Pain is often worse while standing, straining or lifting heavy objects. When a hernia gets bigger, it may obstruct a passage and block blood supply which is why it is best to have it repaired promptly, rather than waiting.
A hernia can be uncomfortable, unsightly, painful and can cause life-threatening complications such as intestinal obstruction and even intestinal perforation -- but knowing is half the battle. Help us educate your family and friends and encourage them to make an appointment to see Dr. Nakhjo for an evaluation.
Don’t put it off any longer - get rid of your pain and back to your normal activities!
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