June is National Hernia Awareness Month
Each year, hernias affect millions of Americans, but only a portion of those suffering seek any kind of medical treatment. National Hernia Awareness Month is observed each June in order to raise public awareness about hernias and effective hernia treatment.
What is a hernia?
A hernia is an uncomfortable condition in which an organ or bit of tissue slips through a weakness or tear and protrudes through a weak point or tear in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue that holds the abdominal organs in place. It can occur and develop anywhere in the body, especially in the abdominal wall. There are different types of hernias based on their anatomical location. Inguinal hernia is the most common hernia type.
Who's at risk?
Most people with hernias have a common set of signs and symptoms. People at risk of developing a hernia are typically those performing chronic lifting or activities that involving straining (such as chronic cough or constipation), which increases intra-abdominal pressure.
What are the signs and symptoms?
Oftentimes, hernias are visibly noticeable as a protrusion from the abdomen. Soreness and discomfort when bending or lifting are also common symptoms. If these symptoms affect you, having your doctor check for a hernia can help with diagnosing.
Identifying hernias in a timely manner can avoid medical complications that require emergency surgery. An untreated hernia doesn't go away on its own and can lead to obstruction of a passage or block blood supply if the hernia enlarges.
How are Hernia's treated?
Patients should seek medical help if a hernia is suspected, especially when pain or discomfort persists. The treatment of a hernia is almost always surgery. Hernia repairs are now common and routine surgical procedures and require small incisions with patients returning home a few hours after surgery.
The knowledgeable and experienced team of physicians and nurses at CSA Surgical center are happy to help answer any questions you might have. Please call Columbia Surgical Associates at 573-443-8773.