A hernia is an abnormal protrusion of the intestine or another internal organ through a weakened section of the abdominal wall. While hernias can cause you discomfort, pain or an aching sensation, they can be easily rectified with simple surgery, which leaves little scarring and has a very quick recovery time.
What causes a hernia?
Hernias can occur due to a natural weakness in the abdominal wall, but can also be caused by heavy lifting, straining, a persistent cough or being slightly overweight. In the majority of cases they appear in the groin crease, but can also be present through or around the navel or through pre-existing surgical incisions or indeed anywhere in the abdomen!
Signs and symptoms of a hernia
The most common sign of a hernia is an irregular bulge around the navel or groin area which reduces when pressure is applied. This is often accompanied by a persistent dull aching and pain when coughing, straining or bending. You may also experience a sensation of bloating and fullness, which can be very uncomfortable.
Other things you need to know
Surgery is almost always recommended for adults to reduce the risk of the hernia enlarging and also to prevent serious and nasty pain developing . In most cases hernias are uncomfortable but not a serious health risk, although they can lead to severe complications if not operated on and fixed. If a hernia becomes trapped and the blood supply to a portion of the intestine is cut off – referred to as strangulation – it can cause gangrene and death within a matter of hours if left untreated.
If you feel intense abdominal pain, become nauseated, have an increased heart rate and signs of a fever, or if the hernia begins to bulge and change colour, you should seek medical treatment immediately.
Hernias are easily treated with simple day surgery, meaning you can be released within hours of the operation. A mesh is used to reinforce the abdominal wall, and keyhole surgery means there is little scarring or physical trace of the procedure.
With many years’ experience in treating hernia patients in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas, Mr Achal Khanna is one of the most qualified and experienced hernia surgeons in the Milton Keynes region. If you are concerned that you may have a hernia and require expert advice and surgery, please contact Mr Khanna’s clinic: 01908 305 127