Hernias and Pain: What Patients Should Know

Hernias and Pain - New York, NY
Posted on 2016/10/12 by Brian Jacob M.D.

What Is a Hernia?

A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through the muscle or tissue that is intended to hold it in place. While this can happen in any part of the body, it is most common the abdominal area. When hernia occur, they can be extremely painful.

Types of Hernias

The most common types of hernias include the following:

  • Inguinal Hernias – The most common type of hernia (70 percent of all cases), inguinal hernias occur when part of the intestine pushes through the lower abdominal wall.
  • Hiatal Hernias – This type of hernia occurs when part of a person's stomach protrudes up through the diaphragm and into the chest.
  • Incisional Hernias – Incisional hernias occur after an abdominal surgery. They happen when the intestines push through the scar tissue as a result of weakened tissue.
  • Umbilical Hernias – Umbilical hernias occur in babies who are younger than 6 months. This involves the intestines pushing through the bellybutton area.

How Serious Is Pain from a Hernia?

In general, the pain from a hernia increases as more of an organ pushes through the tissue wall. Serious hernias can be debilitating, making simple tasks such as bending over, reaching for objects, and lifting objects excruciating.

If you experience serious pain around the abdomen or groin area and also notice an odd amount of bulging or swelling in that area, it's important that you see a doctor right away. By addressing the matter sooner rather than later, you can avoid serious health problems due to delayed treatment.

Treating a Hernia

When it comes to treating a hernia, treatments may include lifestyle modifications, the use of medication, or surgery. Surgery is typically reserved for severe and large hernias. Your doctor will assess your situation and determine if your hernia requires surgical attention during the consultation process.

If surgery is required, the procedure will involve sealing the torn portion of the abdominal wall so that your organs remain in place. Laparoscopic techniques allow surgeons to perform these kinds of procedures with minimal damage to the tissues of the abdomen.

Pain and Soreness After Hernia Surgery

Following a hernia surgery, patients will notice soreness and tenderness as they recover from the procedure. Both are normal sensations to experience. Patients will be advised to avoid major physical activities as they heal, which includes lifting objects heavier than a few pounds. For serious post-surgical discomfort, patients are advised to take pain relievers as directed and to get ample rest.

Contact the Laparoscopic Surgical Center of New York

To learn more about treating hernias and addressing issues with pain, be sure to contact our advanced surgery center today. The team at Laparoscopic Surgical Center of New York is here to help you achieve wellness and restore your overall quality of life.

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