hernia (n): a mass buildup of tissue pushing through the opening in your abdomen (ventral hernia) or groin area (inguinal hernia). Can also be called a rupture or referred to as a defect. 


 

SYMPTOMS:

  • Bulge, pain or swelling in your groin or abdomen area
  • Experiencing pain while lifting, coughing or bending over
  • In the beginning stages, you can push the bulge back in while laying down
  • After this point, the build up can become severe and life threatening

 

COMMON CAUSES:

  • Strenuous heavy lifting 
  • Chronic coughing and/or constipation
  • Damage from injury or previous surgery
  • Failure of the abdominal wall to close after pregnancy (Congenital Hernia
  • Personal or family history of hernias

 

WHEN TO SEEK EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE:

  • Pain rapidly increases
  • Hernia/bulge turns purple, blue or a dark color
  • If you are experiencing nausea, vomiting or both
  • Constipation 
  • Fever

Ways to diagnose a hernia:

  • MRI
  • CT Scan
  • Phsyical Exam
  • Ultrasound

 

Treatment:

The only way to treat a hernia is with surgery. Below are the different surgical paths you can take:

  • Open Surgery
  • Laparoscopic
  • Robotic Assisted