A hernia is a common condition where a portion of an internal organ pushes through your muscle wall or connective tissue. They commonly develop in the abdominal region, like when your intestines protrude through delicate or compromised structures in your stomach. Whether your hernia developed suddenly or over weeks and months, unfortunately, it will not go away on its own.
At Desert West Surgery in Las Vegas, Nevada, our outstanding team excels in hernia knowledge and repair and shares more about the causes, risks, types, and ways we can help should you develop one.
Signs of a hernia
There are a few telling symptoms of a hernia, such as:
- Swelling scrotum
- Abdominal bulge
- Aching in an abdominal bulge
- Groin pain
- Groin or abdominal pain when you lift something
- Abdominal pain when you cough
- Groin pain after standing for a while
- Pain in your groin when you have a bowel movement
Another symptom we often hear from our patients is that they have a constant feeling of being full or having just eaten even if they haven’t had a meal in many hours.
Causes of a hernia
There is a range of reasons why you might develop a hernia, which includes:
- Lifting heavy things, like weights, rocks, or furniture
- Weak muscles
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Fluid in your abdomen
- Chronic coughing
- Wear and tear with age
- Abdominal surgery
Smoking also weakens your connective tissues and increases your risk of developing a hernia.
Solutions for a hernia
There are no solutions for a hernia other than surgical repair. It won’t resolve on its own or with medications or exercise. However, depending on the size of your hernia and how it’s impacting you, we may wait and watch with instructions to minimize heavy lifting.
If it’s necessary to operate, our team offers both laparoscopic and open surgery options. The laparoscopic procedure is far less invasive and is the preferred choice by all of our providers. Sometimes, though, depending on the location and severity of your condition, open, or traditional, surgery is the best way forward.
Either way, it is our express goal to get your bulging organs back in their proper place safely, so you can resume your regular activities and reclaim your quality of life.
To learn more about how we can treat you when you suffer from a hernia, call the location closest to you, or book your appointment online.