The assumption that lifting objects may improve your physical fitness is not always valid. When you strain muscles when lifting heavy objects, your body develops complications as a result and may affect your daily life. A hernia is a complication that occurs when an internal organ pushes through a weak spot of your tissue, causing discomfort. If you are experiencing this problem, Michael Sutker, MD, offers help for your hernia in Dallas using various treatment methods, ensuring you are back to your regular life duties. Book your appointment today by calling the office or make an online booking.
What is a hernia?
A hernia occurs internally from organs that happen to push through the wall of muscle or tissue that holds them. Hernias mostly affect the abdominal cavity, between the chest and the hips.
The most common forms of hernias that people experience are:
- Inguinal hernia: In the case of men, the inguinal canal is a passageway to the testicles. In women, the inguinal canal has a ligament that supports the uterus. Inguinal hernia occurs when the fatty tissue or a part of the intestine pokes into the groin at the top of the inner thigh.
- Umbilical hernia: Part of the intestine pushes through the abdomen near the navel.
- Hiatal hernia: Occurs when a section of the stomach pushes up into the chest cavity through a weak spot in the diaphragm.
- Femoral hernia: It mainly affects older women where part of the intestine protrudes into the groin at the top of the inner thigh.
- Incisional hernia: Tissue protrudes through a scar from an operation on the diaphragm.
- Diaphragmatic hernia: Organs in the abdomen move into the chest through a weak spot in the diaphragm.
- Epigastric hernia: Occurs on the abdominal area between the navel and lower part of the sternum.
- Spigelian hernia: Involves the intestine pushing through the abdomen at the side of the abdominal muscle.
What are the symptoms of a hernia?
symptoms of hernia include:
- A bulge in the groin or scrotum
- Increase in the bulge size over time.
- A dull aching sensation.
- Signs of bowel obstruction.
- Increased pain when a bulge occurs
- Pain while lifting.
- difficulty swallowing,
- frequent regurgitation
- chest pain.
How is a hernia diagnosed?
Various diagnostic methods are applied to get the exact location. For example, it is usually possible to see or feel a bulge during examination in some hernias. In some cases, soft-tissue imaging, like a CT scan, will accurately diagnose the condition.
How is a hernia treated?
The doctor can perform one of three types of hernia surgery;
- Open surgery, which involves cutting into the body at the location of the hernia.
- Laparoscopic surgery involves making tiny incisions on the area to allow the insertion of surgical tools to complete the procedure.
- Robotic hernia repair involves the surgeon handling the surgical instruments from the console.
Each type of surgery has its benefits and disadvantages; therefore, your doctor will decide on the best method to use depending on your condition upon diagnosis.
Make your daily routine easy and manageable by receiving treatment for your uncomfortable hernia. Book a consultation today and meet the specialist to start your treatment plan.