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6 Frequently Asked Questions about Hernia

June 2, 2016

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A hernia is the protrusion of organs, such as intestines, through a weakened section of the abdominal wall. If left untreated, the split in the muscle widens and greater amounts of tissue or organs are pushed through the opening, forming a sac. This visible lump or bulge is one of the key characteristics of a hernia.

The weakened abdominal wall can be present at birth or may develop later in life. The most common site is the groin, but hernias can also form in other areas, such as the navel. If the lump can be gently pushed back through the abdominal wall, it is known as a reducible hernia. If the lump resists manual pressure, it is a non-reducible hernia, which can mean serious complications.

Both forms of hernia require surgical repair. Approximately 40,000 Australians have their hernias surgically repaired every year, making this one of the most common operations.

1. What are the types of Hernia?

Hernias can be classified into various types, depending upon the part of the body. Here are some of the major types of Hernia:

1. Groin Hernia 2. Abdominal Wall Hernia 3. Incisional Hernia 4. Sports Hernia 5. Umbilical Hernia 6. Rarer Hernia  

2. What are the symptoms of Hernia?

The symptoms of hernia vary depending upon the type. However, there are some symptoms that are common for femoral, incisional, umbilical, and inguinal hernias. Some of them are:

  • Swelling beneath the groin or the abdomen
  • Discomfort in the groin or abdomen when lifting or bending
  • Feeling of heaviness in the abdomen.
  • Burning sensation in the groin, abdomen or scrotum area

3. What causes Hernia?

Some of the most common causes of Hernia include:

  • Damaged tissue because of an injury
  • Muscles that have weakened with age
  • A congenital defect in the abdominal wall
  • Excess fat deposition stretching and weakening abdominal muscles
  • Chronic constipation tearing the soft abdominal tissues
  • Surgical incisions

4. Does lifting heavy weight cause Hernia?

It is a myth that heavy weight lifting causes hernia. Though strenuous activities such as weight lifting can aggravate the condition of a patient, they do not cause Hernia. In most cases wherein patient say they noticed the first symptoms of hernia after lifting a heavy weight, the issue is already present and only gets worsened after they flex their abdominal muscles.

5. Are men more vulnerable to Hernia?

Men and women have different anatomies. A man’s peritoneum – a sac that covers the abdominal cavity or the internal inguinal ring from where the testicles descend, is a natural weak spot, whereas women have no such weak spot. Therefore, men are more vulnerable to inguinal hernia, but as far as vulnerability to other types of hernia is concerned, both men and women have similar odds.

6. Does hernia always require a surgery?

The risk of developing complications secondaer to ahernia is about 1-2 % every year. Hence an elective surgery ias advised to avoid life threatening complications that would then necessiate a major emergency operation. Prevention is better than cure!

Last Few Words

If you or someone you know has noticed any of the symptoms of Hernia, it is essential to visit a doctor at the earliest, as procrastinating expert attention may only worsen the issue. Choose a reputable hernia repair expert to decide the best course forward. Even if you are asked to go under the knife, don’t hesitate. Should you have any questions or need expert consultation, book an appointment with one of our consultants. Simply call 0893709686 and we’ll take it from there.



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