Hernia

 

There are several different types of hernia, with the most common being Inguinal hernia, when part of the bowel squeezes to the lower abdomen into the groin. This is mainly associated with men and can be caused by repetitive strain on the abdomen and presenting more as part of the ageing process. Other types of hernia include:
Hiatus Hernia – when the part of the stomach pushes into the chest through the diaphragm
Spigelian hernia – part of the bowel pushes through the abdomen, close to the stomach muscle
Femoral hernia – part of the bowel pushes through the groin
Incisional hernia – tissue pushes through a surgical wound in the abdomen
Epigastric hernia – part of the bowel or fatty tissue pushes through the abdomen, close to the breastbone or belly button
Muscle hernia – often occurring after a sporting injury where part of the muscles pushes through the abdomen.

There are many different symptoms of a hernia which may include swelling beneath the skin of the abdomen or groin, a feeling of heaviness in the abdomen which can be accompanied by blood in the stool or constipation, discomfort or pain in the groin or abdomen when bending or lifting. Heartburn and upper abdominal pain may occur with Hiatus Hernia.

It’s important to receive a media diagnosis if hernia is suspected.

 

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