Are you or your loved one suffering in silence from a hernia?
While not every hernia requires immediate treatment, it is important to monitor your hernia in order to address any changes or abnormalities as soon as they happen.
WHAT IS A HERNIA?
A hernia occurs when a fatty tissue or an organ begins to push through your muscle walls or connective tissue.
Typically, hernias do not resolve without medical interference and they tend to grow and become more painful and uncomfortable over time.
DO I NEED SURGERY?
It is important to contact your doctor as soon as you notice any signs of a hernia or if you notice any rapid changes in your hernia.
If your hernia appears to be growing, becomes more painful or uncomfortable call you doctor immediately to schedule a surgery.
Additionally, if you experience fever, nausea, or a color change in your hernia this may indicate that one or more of your organs has become strangulated and requires immediate medical attention.
HOW ITS DONE
When a hernia reaches a point where you need medical assistance, a doctor will use surgical methods to carefully push the bulge back in to the area of your body where it originally resided.
The two methods for hernia surgery are open surgery and laparoscopic surgery.
During open surgery your doctor with create a small incision in order to push the hernia back in to place, tie or extract it. For a larger hernia a flexible mesh may also be added to better aid in controlling its desired location.
During laparoscopic surgery your stomach is inflated using a (harmless) gas in order to better view your internal organs. A camera is then inserted to make the most informed repair plan to your hernia.