Due to effective treatment and repair, if you have been diagnosed with a hernia, there is little reason to continue to suffer the symptoms.
Located in the abdominal wall, a hernia is a weakness or defect that may be present from birth or develop over a period of time. If large enough, there will be a protrusion of abdominal contents, such as the bowel. A hernia will tend to enlarge and continue to cause discomfort. If a loop of bowel gets caught in the hernia, it may become obstructed or restrict blood supply. It could then become a life-threatening situation.
Pain at the site of the protrusion is often felt, particularly when lifting a heavy object. A lump can be felt in the groin area when standing or straining. Excruciating abdominal pain occurs where there is strangulation. Nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite indicates intestinal obstruction.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?
The repair of hernias usually involves closing the hernia with either suture material or more commonly mesh. Mesh repairs are generally more durable than suture repairs for large hernia defects. The most common type of hernia is an inguinal hernia. Surgery can be performed laparoscopically and usually takes under an hour. Patients are generally able to return to their normal activities after a week or so.