Hernia Surgery

To Lift or Not To Lift?

A hernia is a gap in the strong tissue that holds muscles in place. When the inside layers of your abdominal muscles have weakened and resulted in a bulge or tear, a hernia occurs. The inner lining of your abdomen pushes through the weakened area of your abdomen, much like an inner tube pushing through a busted tire. This situation creates a sac inside your abdomen that can allow a loop of your intestine or abdominal tissue to push through it.  If you have a hernia, it could cause severe discomfort, pain, and other serious problems that could require emergency surgery. Both men and women get hernias. You can be born with a hernia. Most people develop them over time.

A hernia, unfortunately, does not get better over time, and it will not go away by itself. There are no exercises or physical therapy regimens that can make a hernia go away.

What Causes A Hernia?

hernia surgeryHernias are caused by a combination of muscle strain and muscle weakness. Depending on the cause of it, a hernia can develop quickly or over a long period. Some common causes of muscle weakness are:

Some factors that strain your body and could cause a hernia (especially if your muscles are weak):

Increasing Your Risk of a Hernia

There are four types of hernias:

Symptoms of a Hernia

hernia surgeryThe most common hernia symptom is the presence of a bulge in the affected area. If your hernia is inguinal, you may notice a lump on either side of your pubic bone. Other symptoms you may experience if you are suffering from a hernia:

Diagnosing a Hernia

Types of Hernia Surgery

Post-Op Care

When you wake up, you’ll be give something small to eat and the staff will help you walk around a little. You need a trusted person to give you a ride home, and you may also need someone to stay with you for your first night of recovery. Plan to rest for the first few days after surgery. Have a pillow handy to put over your abdomen for support in case you need to cough, sneeze, or vomit. Depending on your job, a full recovery may take anywhere from one week to six weeks.
Hernias can be scary, but they are treatable with surgery.


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