A hernia occurs when an internal part of the body such as an organ or any fatty tissue, pushes or spills out through a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or tissue wall. The common symptoms of inguinal, femoral, umbilical, and incisional hernias, include:
- A prominent swelling beneath the skin of the abdomen or the groin which can disappear when you lie down. It may feel tender or sore
- A feeling of strong weight in the abdomen which is at times is accompanied by constipation
- Discomfort in the abdomen or groin when coughing, lifting a weight or bending over
Symptoms of a hiatal hernia may include:-
- Upper abdominal pain
If hernia develops in a child, the only symptoms a parent can notice are high temperature, pain in the groin area, nausea and vomiting & bloating.
Few people may not have visible symptoms of a hernia. In that case it might show up during a routine medical exam or a physical exam for few other medical issue. Surgery is the only part of treatment for hernia.
The weakened abdominal wall tissue can be safe with surgery and also holes can be closed.
Surgery can be open or laparoscopic. Laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive with fewer incisions, faster recovery and less pain relief after the procedure.