Hernia Surgery: A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. For example, the intestines may break through a weakened area in the abdominal wall.
Hernias are most common in the abdomen, but they can also appear in the upper thigh, belly button, and groin areas. The hernia can cause severe pain and potentially serious problems that could require emergency surgery, e.g. hernia surgery. Both men and women can get a hernia. You may be born with a hernia (congenital) or develop one over time. A hernia does not get better over time, nor will it go away by itself.
Types of hernias
Signs & Symptoms
The common areas where hernias occur are in the groin (inguinal), belly button (umbilical), and the site of a previous operation (incisional). It is usually easy to recognize a hernia:
- You may feel pain when you lift heavy objects, cough, and strain during
urination or bowel movements, or during prolonged standing or sitting
- The pain may be sharp and immediate or a dull ache that gets worse
toward the end of the day
- Severe, continuous pain, redness, and tenderness are signs that the
hernia may be entrapped or strangulated
- These symptoms are cause for concern and immediate contact of your
physician or surgeon is essential as it may lead to life threatening complications which necessitates a hernia surgery Singapore immediately.
Be sure to call your physician or surgeon if you develop any of the following:
Persistent fever over 101 degrees F (39 C)
Increasing abdominal or groin swelling
Pain that is not relieved by your medications
Persistent nausea or vomiting
Inability to urinate
Persistent cough or shortness of breath
Purulent drainage (pus) from any incision
Redness surrounding any of your incisions that is worsening or getting bigger
You are unable to eat or drink liquids
Diagnosis for Hernia Surgery
A doctor will perform a physical exam. If a person has an obvious hernia, the doctor will not require any other tests to make the diagnosis for a hernia surgery Singapore (if the person is healthy otherwise).
If a person has symptoms of a hernia (dull ache in the groin or other body area or pain with lifting or straining but without an obvious lump), the doctor may feel the area while increasing abdominal pressure (having you stand or cough). This action may make the hernia able to be felt.
If a person might have an indirect inguinal hernia, the doctor will feel for the potential pathway and look for a hernia by inverting the skin of the scrotum with his or her finger.
The doctor may order an X-ray, ultrasound, or CT scan in the event of a necessity for a hernia surgery.
Types of Hernia Surgeries
The use of an abdominal wall binder is occasionally prescribed but often, ineffective. Incisional hernias do not go away on their own, and, may enlarge with time. One of the following 3 hernia surgery surgical procedures is preferred to resolve a hernia:
Prevention Post Hernia Surgery
Warm up properly before athletic activity and exercise.
Strengthen abdominal muscles with strength exercises.
Rest properly after vigorous exercise, particularly lifting.
Quit smoking if possible, as coughing can contribute to hernia development.
Eat a high fiber diet to avoid constipation.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Incorporate some stretching and flexibility exercises into your exercise routine.
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