Understanding Inguinal Hernias

Posted: May 18 in Surgery Blog tagged by Staff

Have you ever felt an uncomfortable pain in your groin area and wondered if it was a hernia? Approximately five million Americans have an abdominal hernia, and they’re five times more common in men than in women. It is important to consult your doctor right away if you feel you may have a hernia as dangerous complications can arise if untreated.

There are several treatment options available to those with hernias in the Ft. Myers or Naples areas, but hernia surgery tends to be the most effective form of treatment. Your doctor will be able to determine the best treatment option for your individual case.

It may help you know to know some basic information concerning hernias so you can have a better understanding of what causes them and even how to prevent them. There are several types of hernias but the most common type is the inguinal hernia. This type of hernia can cause a significant amount of discomfort and is usually accompanied by symptoms such as swelling, burning sensation and heaviness in the area of the hernia or inner thigh.

Several factors can cause or provoke hernia development:

  • Work-related physical stress
  • Repetitive strain from lifting, pulling or pushing heavy objects
  • Prolonged coughing
  • Prostate problems
  • Bowel irregularity
  • Congenital defect (weakness in the abdominal wall at birth)

Laparoscopic Surgery Treatment

Now that you are aware of some factors that contribute to hernias, it’s important to know how to deal with them. Depending on your individual case, your doctor may suggest laparoscopic surgery for treatment. This type of surgery is minimally invasive, using limited incisions and specialized tools to see inside your tissues. During surgery, your doctor will use a piece of nylon mesh to place over the gap in the weakened area of abdominal tissue to patch it up. This operation doesn’t take long and patients can typically return home a few hours afterward. Although this is a highly effective form of treatment, after the operation hernias can have a 10 to 12 percent recurrence rate.

Minimize Your Risk

You can never eliminate the possibility of a hernia entirely, but there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. One suggestion is to avoid lifting, pulling or pushing heavy objects. Also, if you feel you have a prolonged cough, visit your doctor early on to avoid hernia development.

Although you can still get a hernia outside of falling into obvious risk factors, seeking early treatment often results in the best possible outcome. The key is to not avoid talking to your doctor if you think you may have hernia as this can lead to dangerous health complications. Consult your doctor as soon as possible to figure out the best treatment plan for your individual case. Even in the case of surgery, you will be back to your normal self in a few short days, so there is no reason put off treatment for what could possibly lead to serious issues in the future.

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