Following our previous article about the recent discovery of genes linked to hernia incidence, we are now writing about the 5 most important things to know about inguinal hernias.
- What is a hernia? It is a defect located on the abdominal wall, a hole that allows the passage of abnormal intestine or other abdominal viscera. Whenever this rupture occurs, surgical hernia repair is needed.
- Hernias are very common and they can appear both in men and women of all ages. They are more common in men (27% of them can have one in their lifetime) while women have a chance of 3%.
- A hernia can take years to develop with little signs or pain or it can appear suddenly.
- Hernias can only be treated surgically (either by standard or laparoscopy surgery) to prevent serious complications. A hernia can go untreated but it will get worse over time and there’s a potential for a bottleneck situation, in which the intestine is caught and undergoes a quick gangrene. This is a serious complication that requires urgent surgery and poses a serious health risk. To avoid the bottleneck situation, when you feel like you have a hernia you should visit a doctor and get the diagnosis as soon as possible.
- Symptoms of hernia are linked to swelling in the abdomen area that might disappear depending on the position and the activity. Although a hernia doesn’t cause acute pain it can cause some pain and discomfort and that is the right time to go see a doctor.
If you would like to learn more information about hernia repair in Portugal Medical Port’s website has plenty of it, click here to read it. Besides inguinal hernia there are other types of hernias we can help you to deal with. Feel free to contact us for further information.
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