Hernias are very common with over a million surgeries performed each year to treat them. Many people are living with their hernias, avoiding or prolonging treatment.
A hernia results when internal tissues, an organ, or parts of the intestines push their way through a weak spot in a nearby muscle. Hernias have many causes, including:
- Increased pressure from within the abdomen
- A pre-existing weak spot in the abdominal wall
- Straining during bowel movements or urination
- Strenuous activity
- Chronic coughing or sneezing
If you have a hernia, you may notice swelling in the abdomen or groin that feels heavy or tender and may disappear after lying down. You may also experience burning discomfort when lifting or bending and constipation or bloody stools.
Untreated Hernias are a Health Risk
Hernias can cause life-threatening health problems. A hernia can become trapped within the muscle wall and can lead to a strangulated hernia, where blood is restricted, and internal tissues and organs become infected or die.
A strangulated hernia can cause severe abdominal pain, fever, nausea, and vomiting. You may also be unable to have a bowel movement or pass gas. The hernia site may become red, purple or dark in color. If not treated immediately, a strangulated hernia can quickly become life-threatening.
Treatment Options for Hernias
Many hernias are treated with laparoscopic surgery which is minimally invasive and requires less general anesthesia. With several small incisions, the doctor inserts a tiny camera to guide the repair. Synthetic mesh is often used to secure the tissue into its proper place.
Open hernia repair is another common treatment where the surgeon makes an incision and pushes the protrusion back into the abdomen, then they stitch up the weakened area and reinforce it with synthetic mesh.
Experienced Surgeons for Quality Hernia Repair
If you have a hernia, we can recommend an appropriate treatment by one of our experienced surgeons. Our team will give you excellent treatment results that safeguard your health from hernia related complications. Call Murrieta Valley Surgery Associates today! We have offices conveniently located in Hemet, Wildomar, and Temecula.