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Common Hernia Symptoms

  • Synopsis: Published: 2009-01-29 (Rev. 2014-11-26) - Signs and symptoms of hernias a swelling or tearing because the abdominal wall becomes weakened. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Ian Langtree at www.disabled-world.com.

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Quote: "Many patients with obvious hernia symptoms fear to see a physician as they fear the surgical intervention."

Hernias are most commonly localized in different areas of the abdomen, especially in the groin area. It appears like a swelling or tearing because the abdominal wall becomes weakened. In time pain can occur especially while lifting heavy objects. The first actual symptoms of an inguinal hernia are bulging, tearing sensation, pain and even a fullness sensation in some cases.

All aches or pains related to hernias tend to increase while lifting, coughing or sneezing. It must be known that excessive coughing is not a hernia symptom but rather a method of making the bulging more obvious. But the most obvious physical sign of a hernia at a clinical examination is the formed bulge in the groin area, a notable protrusion assembling an important inflammation. In case of such a tumor formation in the groin area, a surgeon must carefully examine the patient for a certain hernia diagnose; a lump or swelling in the area could also be caused by another abnormal growth or by enlarged lymph nodes.

Most often hernias are caused by heavy lifting, intensive coughing or other physical stresses exercised on the abdominal wall and rarer the protrusion is caused by a congenital or genetic weak abdominal wall. Many patients with obvious hernia symptoms fear to see a physician as they fear the surgical intervention. Most of them do not know the hernia surgery is no difficult procedure and one can walk home a few hours after the operation. Many patients would save themselves from surgery if they would see a doctor immediately when they notice any symptom. In early stages, hernias can be deled by non-surgical methods.

If damages to the abdominal lining or abdominal wall occur, or an intestinal strain is contained by the hernial bag, surgery is required, it can however be performed on an outpatient basis.

When a patient with pain, discomfort and protrusion in the groin area arrive in the emergency room, the surgeon will immediately perform a clinical examination to establish diagnosis. Further testing may be required to determine the precise treatment indicated. Early hernial symptoms can easily be relieved by different practical methods.

Irreducible hernia, just as its name suggests, can not be pushed back. This usually means that an old hernia is transforming, and complications can appear. It can easily lead to strangulation of the tissue. It also has some other different symptoms like vomiting.

Strangulated hernia, a form that is more dangerous, as mentioned before strangulates an organ or tissue and it cuts its blood supply. This type of hernia can also present vomiting symptoms and the strangulated area is always painful.

Strangulated hernia quickly needs surgery, but hernia surgery is an easy operation that succeeds in almost all cases so there's no need to fear and delay it.

Surgeons can usually diagnose an inguinal hernia immediately they touch the formed bulging. A clearing procedure is asking the patient to cough, moment when the hernia will stick out even more due to the pressure. In this case, the hernia will be easier to feel and see. Hernias are no actual surgical emergencies, but a fast, proper intervention will save both surgeon and patient from complications.

Related Information:

  1. Diastasis Recti (Bulging Stomach When Sitting Up) - Information and Exercises - Ian Langtree - (2014-03-27)
    https://www.disabled-world.com/health/hernias/diastasis-recti.php
  2. Hiatal Hernia Information - Disabled World - (2009-01-29)
    https://www.disabled-world.com/health/hernias/hiatal-hernia.php
  3. Hernia Repair Methods - Disabled World - (2009-01-29)
    https://www.disabled-world.com/health/hernias/repair-methods.php




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