There are actually many different kinds of hernias, which result when an organ or another part of the body protrudes through the wall of the part of the body which is supposed to contain it. For example, a weakness in the wall of the abdomen will result in a hole, or opening through which some fatty tissue or even part of the intestine may protrude. It would look and feel like a lump or bump under the skin. Sometimes pain may accompany the hernia.
Different types of hernias are more common in the elderly adult, and they may require more assistance from their elderly care providers as they heal after hernia surgery. Overexertion, smoking or poor nutrition can all weaken muscles, which can contribute to the formation of hernias.
- Abdominal hernias
- Irreducible abdominal hernias
- Incarcerated hernias
- Inguinal hernia
- Femoral hernia
- Umbilical hernia
- Incisional hernia
- Diaphragmatic hernia
- Hiatal hernia
- Lumbar hernia
- Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (occurs in 1/2000 births)
What are some preventive measures you can take to help in avoiding hernias?
- Maintain a healthy body size
- Lift and bend properly
- Don’t overexert when lifting
- Stop smoking
- Eat healthy food regularly
- Exercise regularly
What treatment options are there for hernias?
It is common practice to surgically repair most hernias. As medical advances take place, many of these surgeries are taking place laparoscopically. This is much less of a major surgical procedure than in years past.
Why is it important to raise awareness of hernias?
This condition affects millions of Americans. However, it is believed that only a portion of people suffering from hernias actually seek medical treatment. Many people still don’t understand about hernias – what they are and what they are caused by. There are also different treatment options available. A hernia can potentially be life-threatening or cause serious distress.
Sometimes the cause of the hernia is not obvious, but there are some common symptoms to be aware of:
- Pain or discomfort in the groin which is worsened upon bending.
- A tender lump in the groin area.
- A lump or bulge in children which may or may not be tender.
Evaluation by a medical professional when you suspect a hernia is imperative, especially if there is pain or discomfort which does not subside. Hernias do not heal without medical assistance. To avoid complications or serious problems, it’s best to get a hernia checked as soon as it is discovered.
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