Top 5 Hernia FAQs By General Surgery Expert

Posted On Jan 27, 2023

4 Min Read

Dr. Hitendra Sharma

Consultant - General Surgery

Manipal Hospitals - Ghaziabad

Best Hernia Hospital in Ghaziabad

1. What is Hernia?

A hernia is a weakening or rupture of the abdominal or diaphragmatic muscle wall. Small intestines and other abdominal organs might protrude through these weakened or damaged places. Although not always, this might result in pain and discomfort in the abdomen. In the end, the condition may result in imprisonment (tissue becoming impaled in the hernia) or even strangulation (the cutting off of the blood supply of the tissue protruding through the abdominal wall). Frequently, this condition can necessitate urgent surgery. Visit the best hernia hospital in Ghaziabad for diagnosis and treatment. 

2. What are the Causes of Hernia? 

Muscle strain & weakened tissues contribute towards the development of hernias. A hernia may develop suddenly or gradually, depending on the aetiology. The following are some usual sources of muscle weakness or strain that can cause hernia:

  • Premature birth 

  • Low weight at the time of birth.  

  • Old age 

  • Damage from an accident or surgery.

  • Heavy weight lifting or strenuous activity.

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or persistent cough. 

  • Having several pregnancies

  • Constipation

  • Obesity 

3. What are the Different Types of Hernia?

The various kinds of hernias that can develop within the body include:

  • Inguinal

It is located in the groyne area. 

  • Femoral

It arises in the groyne area, closer to the thighs.

  • Incisional

It is near the site of a previous surgical incision. 

  • Umbilical

It is located around the navel.

  • Hiatal

It is located near the diaphragm, where the oesophagus and stomach meet.

Inguinal hernias are the most commonly reported. While less frequent, other varieties still have the potential to become problematic and cause severe complications. For a consultation with Hernia Specialist in Ghaziabad, contact us. 

4. What are the Symptoms of a Hernia?

The following are some hernia warning signs:

  • An abdominal mass or protrusion that does not go away when you lie down.

  • Protrusion or swelling in the groyne or scrotum area.

  • Persistently worsening pain.

  • Severe discomfort when attempting to lift anything.

  • Growth in size occurs over time.

  • Even after a bowel movement, a feeling of fullness.

These are the signs that show the hernia is gradually growing worse, and you should seek treatment right once. 

5. What is the Treatment and What are the preventive measures One Can Take to Prevent It from Worsening?

A hernia cannot be permanently cured. There are only treatment options that can deal with the underlying issue and alleviate the symptoms. Surgical repair is the most efficient method of treating a hernia. In addition, you can try preventative actions to lessen the likelihood of developing a hernia.

Hernias cannot always be prevented, especially if the abdominal wall weakness that leads to them is inherited. To avoid the disorder, you can eliminate some risk factors. The preventative advice comprises:

  • Keeping a healthy weight requires both activity and proper eating.

  • To ensure that bowel motions are easy and stress-free, eat fiber-rich foods.

  • Avoid lifting big objects without support or in an incorrect posture. In general, it is advised that big weights be lifted by bending the knees rather than the back.

  • As soon as you can, stop smoking. Smoking increases the risk of developing a chronic cough and over time can weaken muscles.

  • If you have a persistent cough, consult our expert gastroenterologists in Ghaziabad.  

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