Common Hernia Symptoms and When to Seek Treatment for Them

A hernia is a noticeable bulge which can develop between the stomach and pelvis. It occurs when a weakness in the abdominal muscle wall allow organs to protrude, and a lump appears.

This bulge is the most common symptom of a hernia. Occasionally, there is no pain or discomfort, but over time the hernia can grow to become very painful and dangerous. Since hernias are a common occurrence, let’s review common hernia symptoms and when to seek treatment for them.

Characteristics of Hernias

Most people are aware that they have a hernia even without a significant bulge. They feel a discomfort or become aware that “something’s there.” It becomes more noticeable when they stand or sit for long periods of time. It can be painful when they cough or lift something heavy.

A majority of hernia cases are caused by stress, a weak abdominal wall, strenuous activity, chronic sneezing and coughing, difficulty urinating or moving bowels, and pregnancy.

Many physicians elect to watch and wait after a hernia is diagnosed as long as it is small and there are no real symptoms. Surgery to repair this abnormality in the abdominal wall will usually need to be discussed once the hernia reaches a certain size.

Types of Hernias

There are three main types of hernias.

Inguinal hernias occur when tissue from the intestine protrudes through a weakened area in the abdominal muscles. This area, known as the inguinal canal, is the namesake for this particular type of hernia.

Incisional hernias occur when tissue or an organ protrudes through scar tissue or an incision from a previous surgical procedure.

Umbilical hernias occur when part of the intestine or abdominal tissue protrude out near the naval.

Hernia Symptoms and When to Seek Treatment

There are some red flags to watch for when you have a hernia. If you experience any of these, ask your doctor to refer you to Dr. Sasche or Dr. Pullarkat to explore surgical options:

Better Safe Than Sorry

Do not wait to seek treatment if you suspect you may have a hernia, even if your symptoms are minor or non-existent. Make an appointment to see your doctor to fully evaluate your symptoms and potential treatment options and refer you to one of our surgeons.

You Might Also Enjoy...

7 Signs You're Suffering from Acid Reflux

7 Signs You're Suffering from Acid Reflux

Everyone gets heartburn now and then after wolfing down lasagna or raiding the fridge at midnight. But when “now and then” turns into “all the time,” it’s time to seek help. Here are seven signs you may be at that point.
How to Avoid a Repeat Hernia Surgery

How to Avoid a Repeat Hernia Surgery

Hernias may not be life-threatening, but they can cause some uncomfortable symptoms, and they won’t go away on their own. Treatments are available, but hernias have a habit of coming back. Here’s how to keep them from recurring.
How to Avoid Discomfort After Gallbladder Removal

How to Avoid Discomfort After Gallbladder Removal

It’s odd to think that any of your body parts are expendable, but there are a couple you can get by without if need be, and your gallbladder is one of them. Here’s how to live life comfortably when your gallbladder is gone.

Are You a Candidate for Acid Reflux Surgery?

Whether you have occasional heartburn or frequent, severe acid reflux, chances are you get antacids from the pharmacy. But what can you do if medications don’t help? That’s when it’s time to learn about acid reflux surgery.

Increased Cancer Risk with Obesity

Did you know that in addition to increasing your risk of high blood pressure, Diabetes, and heart disease, obesity increases your risk of cancer?