Five Facts About Hernias
As a Palmdale surgeon, it is my job to let you know that there are a lot of misconceptions and myths about hernias. Contrary to popular belief, a hernia is not just a muscle that’s been pulled. They are muscle injuries that are a bit more serious and dangerous.
Here are some quick facts about hernias:
There Are Multiple Types of Hernias
There is more than one type of hernia. A hernia doesn’t occur only in the stomach area, and could also occur in the groin. These hernias are most commonly known as groin hernias/inguinal hernias. These occur when there is a weakness in the muscles and tissues of the groin and also happen to be the most common type of hernia.
Hernias Are More Common in Males
It is more common for men than women, to develop hernias due to their anatomy. When a male baby is developing in the womb, his testicles initially develop in the abdomen. This creates a small area of weakness. The testicles then move from the inguinal canal into the scrotum. This canal closes almost completely after birth. Sometimes this canal doesn’t close properly and may leave a weakened area that is more prone to hernias in the future.
Something Simple Can Cause A Hernia
Something as “simple” as heavy lifting can cause a hernia. Any heavy activity that increases pressure on the tissue in the wall of the stomach and muscles can cause a hernia. This can also include straining during bowel movements or urinating.
Surgery Is The Only Treatment
Unfortunately, there is no other way to repair a hernia beside surgery. There are different techniques for hernia repairs such as open and laparoscopic techniques. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need surgery right away. Low risk hernias that are causing little-to-no discomfort should be carefully watched by your Palmdale surgeon, and any increase in symptoms should require a visit.
Obesity Plays a Big Role
If you are overweight, that puts you at more of a risk for a hernia. This is due to the fact that your abdominal pressure is already high due to your weight. Being overweight not only makes you more prone to a hernia, but it also makes repairing a hernia more complicated. A patient should ideally be under 200 pounds, depending on their height, to fix a hernia. If a patient weighs much more than that, a weight reduction plan usually takes place in order for a smoother surgery repair and to decrease complications post-surgery.
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