What Is A Hernia?

Before we can explain the different treatments that are used to treat a hernia and how to fully recover from it – you must first have an understanding of what it is. Have you ever felt a strange lump or tenderness in your abdomen that you could not explain? That is usually a hernia.

This will take place when the contents inside of a certain area of the body will spill out of where they should be. They will come out of a tear or weakness in the abdominal wall and will spill out, creating the bulge. Usually parts of an intestine or fatty tissue is what will start to fall out.

This problem is considered to be asymptomatic. This means that it will not produce any symptoms. The most you might feel is slight tenderness and a bulge. However, most people do not notice it until it has gotten quite large. These are usually not considered to be life threatening, especially when in the early stages.

However, there are some cases in which the hernia will become strangulated. When this takes place it will cut off blood supply at the opening in the abdominal wall. This is a medical emergency that requires immediate surgery. The tissue requires oxygen and in order to get it the blood needs to be flowing. If not caught in time this will result in death.

There are several types of hernias; inguinal (direct and indirect), femoral, umbilical, spigelian, obturator, and epigastric. These occur in different areas of the body and for different reasons. We will provide you helpful information on each of them so you can learn to identify the problem. From there you will be able to discuss with your doctor the best course of action to take in treating it.