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What to Expect When Treating Your Hernia

A hernia is a medical condition in which an organ or tissue from inside the body manages to push through a weak spot or tear in the surrounding muscle wall. They’re most often caused by issues with weak or strained muscles, whether it be due to ageing, exertion, illness, or childbirth.

The most common hernias are abdominal wall hernias, but hernias can occur in other parts of the body as well. Treatment for this condition may involve medication, lifestyle changes, or surgery, depending on the severity of the hernia.

Diagnosis and Symptoms

The first step in treating a hernia is to have it properly diagnosed by your primary care provider. This will typically involve a physical exam and imaging tests such as an ultrasound or CT scan. The symptoms of a hernia can vary depending on its location and severity. Still, they may include things such as pain, swelling, bulging near the location of the hernia, and discomfort when bending over or lifting heavy objects.

If left untreated, a hernia can become life-threatening if internal organs become trapped in the weakened muscle area and cut off the blood supply, essentially strangling your organs, or become stuck, causing an obstruction, so it’s essential to act quickly to avoid further health complications down the road.

Non-Surgical Treatments

In some cases, non-surgical treatments are enough as the condition is minor enough not to require going under the knife. Hernia repair requires surgery, but if the hernia is small or benign enough, or you have to wait for surgery, it is possible to live with. Primarily through the use of treatments such as rest, ice packs, and medications, as they may be enough to relieve discomfort from an uncomplicated hernia. On top of this, it is likely recommended that you wear more supportive undergarments such as corsets, binders, or trusses to apply enough pressure to keep the hernia in place.

However, these treatments are only effective for less severe cases that do not require surgical intervention or as a placeholder until the day of the surgery comes. In cases where surgery is necessary, medications may be used before and after surgery to reduce inflammation and pain.

In addition to medications, lifestyle modifications such as avoiding heavy lifting or straining can help reduce your risk of developing a hernia or making the one you do have worse. In fact, after surgery, it’s possible you’ll be required to make certain lifestyle changes in order to better protect your body from the damage it’s suffered or limit the risk of developing another one.

Surgical Treatments

To get a hernia repair, surgery is the only true way to treat the issue. Surgery is usually performed under general anaesthesia using either open or laparoscopic techniques depending on the severity and location of the hernia. During surgery, your doctor will make an incision in order to access the weakened area of the muscle and stitch it back together securely with mesh material for added support. Recovery time depends on many factors but typically takes between two to four weeks before you can return to normal activities with no restrictions.

Hernias are common medical conditions that require medical attention if left untreated for too long – especially if they become life-threatening by trapping internal organs inside their weak area of muscle wall! Treatment options vary depending on severity; however, most mild-moderate cases can be treated without surgery through lifestyle modifications like avoiding heavy lifting/straining and taking medications prescribed by your doctor.

Those with more serious cases require surgical intervention using either open or laparoscopic methods followed by recovery time lasting anywhere between two to four weeks before returning back to normal activities with no restrictions. Regardless of the treatment type chosen, it’s important that you speak with your doctor so they can determine which option is best suited for you.


Also, read: Pros and Cons of Having Cosmetic Surgery at a Young Age

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Author: Kara Masterson

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.


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