Abdominal Hernia

Thursday, July 11, 2013

By far the most common hernias develop in the abdomen. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about abdominal hernias in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A hernia develops when a weakness that forms in the abdominal wall enables part of the intestine or another organ to protrude through it.

Among the most common are umbilical hernias that occur at the navel and inguinal hernias that are seen in the groin area. Incisional hernias occur where an incision has been made in the abdominal wall for an operation.

A strangulated hernia is a surgical emergency because part of the bowel may become necrotic, resulting in life-threatening peritonitis needing surgical removal of part of the bowel. If you have a hernia and significant abdominal pain, pain over the hernia, or nausea or vomiting, you should seek medical care immediately.

It used to be thought that all hernias should be repaired. However, recent evidence suggests that repair should be performed only if significant discomfort or pain is associated with the hernia.

In some cases, hernia repairs may be performed laparoscopically, although this approach has not been shown to be better than traditional open operations.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.