5 things you need to know about hernias

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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%.
  3. A hernia can take years to develop with little signs or pain or it can appear suddenly.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Read our previous posts about hernia:

Hernia incidence is linked to genetics

What is a Hernia?

Surgical Hernia repair abroad

Hernia incidence is linked to genetics

Recent research found that there are four genes that are common to those who suffered from hernia in their lifetime.

A study conducted by University of California San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente found that there are genetic modifications in patients who suffer from inguinal hernia. A hernia is a very common condition and hernia repair is one of the most performed surgeries in the world. Although it can appear in every age, as people get older there´s a greater risk. Also men are more likely to develop inguinal hernia, as 27% of men can have inguinal hernia through their lifetime as opposed to 6% of women.

Data was collected from more than 73000 people, from those over 5000 already had hernias. One of the researchers, Eric Jorgenson, PhD, comment on the importance of the study results: “Surgical repair of inguinal hernias is one of the most commonly performed operations in the world, yet little is known about the genetic mechanisms that predispose individuals to develop them. (…) These findings provide insight into the origins of hernia development and highlight genetic pathways for studies of its treatment.

Researchers now expect the disease to be further investigated so that in the future there can be more knowledge about how hernias appear. It is expected that with further research it becomes possible to prevent the occurrence of inguinal hernias.

Read more about the study here.

If you would like to learn more about hernia diagnosis and repair, read our Hernia page on Medical Port’s website and contact us if you need any further information.

Surgical Hernia repair abroad

The risk of suffering an inguinal hernia in men is 27% and in women is about 3 %. Unavoidable condition, its treatment shouldn’t be delayed and that’s why Medical Port has teamed up with Dr. Miguel Pinto for a fast and effective surgical Hernia repair in Portugal.

With hernias there is 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.

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