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Everything You Need to Know About Treating Hernia

The human body is designed and placed into the appropriate portions and positions for perfect functioning. However, due to day-to-day activities and unexpected situations that we sometimes find ourselves into, dislocations occur on the body. Have you ever heard of a condition known as hernia? Hernia occurs when a part of human body pushes itself into an area where it does not belong. Mostly, this happens in the abdominal area, thighs, upper chest, and the groin.

While Hernia is not life threatening, it can trigger dangerous complications that may harm the body. Therefore, it’s important to learn about hernia to be knowledgeable about the causes and treatment the causes of this disease. Here is what you should know about hernia.

“For years, surgeons have been struggling to find the best way to avoid the greatest harm in patients with incidentally identified hernias. Avoiding harm in this case is easy it can best be accomplished by counseling and educating patients and only repairing hernias that cause symptoms.” – David Flum

Types of Hernia

There are eight types of hernia. They include:

Inguinal

This is the most common type. It occurs when any part of bowel squeezes through the lower abdomen and into the groin.

Hiatus

This type of hernia occurs when a part of your stomach pushes up into your chest. This happens when your stomach passes through an opening in your diaphragm.

Femoral

It occurs when a fatty tissue or any portion of your bowel pushes through your groin to your inner thigh.

 Incisional

This type of hernia occurs when any tissue in your body pushes through a surgical wound in your abdomen that hasn’t healed completely yet.

Umbilical

It occurs when any portion of your bowel pushes through your abdomen or close to your navel.

Epigastric

This occurs when any fatty tissue pushes through the abdomen between the breastbone (sternum) and belly button.

Spigelian

It occurs when part of the bowel is pushed by the stomach through the abdomen to below the belly button.

Muscle

This type of hernia results when part of muscle pushes through the abdomen, sometimes after a sports injury.

You may feel several symptoms such as pain when exercising, constipation, pain when lying down, uncomfortable feeling in the gut and a lump in your throat that grows when you cough. If you start feeling any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek the help of a doctor immediately.

Treatments for Hernia

It’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to cure hernia without undergoing surgery. Otherwise, the hernia might reoccur again at any stage of your life.

Lifestyle Changes

Just like we’ve said before, a healthy lifestyle is crucial to the recovery from any diseases. Eating a healthy diet and exercising are important. If you have a hernia, it’s important not to eat heavy meals. It’s also important to always keep your weight in check. Most of all, don’t lie down after your meal as that would trigger hernia.

Moreover, watch out for the types of food that can trigger hernia. Avoid foods that causes heartburn or acid reflux such as tomato-based and spicy foods. Shun smoking as it is another trigger. If your hernia persists despite living a healthy lifestyle, maybe it’s time for you to seek medical intervention.

Surgery

If your hernia is still there despite attempts to get rid of it the natural way, seek medical help. There are two main types of medical surgeries that you can undergo:

Open Surgery

This is a traditional process that aims to remove hernia completely. The recovery process might be slower as it takes 6-9 weeks.

Laparoscopic Surgery (also known as keyhole surgery)  

On the other hand, this involves a shorter recovery period. However, the chances of hernia recurrence are higher than in open surgery. You might want to incorporate a healthy lifestyle right after your surgery to maintain your health and wellbeing. It’s important for you to boost your immune system to reduce the chances of hernia recurring.

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