FAQ: Do I Need Surgery for my Hernia?

FAQ: Do I Need Surgery for my Hernia?

Types of Hernias

A hernia occurs when the fatty tissue pushes through a weak spot in the muscle. When the abdomen is subject to high pressure caused by lifting heavy objects, diarrhea or constipation, or persistent coughing or sneezing, hernias may occur if there is a weak part in the muscle. There are many different types of hernias; some include, inguinal, incisional, femoral, umbilical, and hiatal hernias (Understanding Hernia — the Basics, n.d.).

Symptoms of Hernia

Some hernias may not cause any symptoms while others can cause mild to severe pain. The most visible symptom is a lump under the skin that can be painless or tender. Reducible hernias may ache but can be reduced by pushing the bulge back into the abdomen. Irreducible hernias are chronic and painful and can cause bowel obstruction. Strangulated hernias are constantly painful and the affected person will feel ill (Hernia Causes, Symptoms, Treatment – When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for a Hernia, n.d.).

Do I Need to Seek Medical Attention?

Not all hernias require surgical treatment. However every hernia has the potential to require surgery. When a hernia is strangulated, meaning the blood supply is cut off, the opening applies so much pressure that the blood vessels in the hernia are constricted. The tissue of the hernia requires oxygen, which is achieved through surgery by relieving the pressure. Irreducible hernias have an increased potential of becoming strangulated and requires immediate medical attention.

Surgical Treatments for Hernia

With new technology today, surgery to treat hernias are less invasive and recovery is faster. The smaller a hernia is when treated the more options are available. Most hernias can be treated with laparoscopic procedures, meaning closed repair by inserting special instruments through tiny incisions in the abdomen. Non-tension or mesh repair of hernias consist of pulling the tissue around the hernia together and having a piece of mesh positioned to strengthen the area with sutures or staples (M, n.d.).

If you have found a tender lump on your abdomen, then you may have a hernia. If you are suffering from pain caused by a hernia, make an appointment at Avalon Hernia by calling (626) 310-0772. With locations in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Glendale, our hernia specialists have over 20 years of experience, and will help treat your hernia pain today.

Hernia Causes, Symptoms, Treatment – When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for a Hernia? (n.d.). Retrieved August 25, 2017, from http://www.emedicinehealth.com/hernia/page3_em.htm

M. (n.d.). Inguinal Hernia Surgery Procedure – Repair Options | Medtronic. Retrieved August 25, 2017, from http://www.medtronic.com/us-en/patients/treatments-therapies/hernia-surgery.html

Understanding Hernia — the Basics. (n.d.). Retrieved August 25, 2017, from http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/understanding-hernia-basics

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