Hernias

Friday, December 30, 2016

A hernia is the bulging of an organ or tissue through an abdominal opening. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about the different types of hernias in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A hernia is an opening in the abdominal wall allowing what is inside to push through to the outside.

Some hernias occur in natural openings in the abdominal wall that allow body structures to go from the inside to the outside of the body. For example, an umbilical hernia occurs in the abdominal wall near the belly button.

Several types of hernias may occur in the groin area, including inguinal hernias and femoral hernias.

When people have abdominal surgery, sometimes the incisions where the abdominal cavity was entered do not heal well, and a hernia can form in this location. These are known as incisional hernias.

If you have a hernia, it is best to avoid straining and heavy lifting. You should be evaluated by a physician to determine if you should have the hernia repaired.

Although most hernias should be repaired, if you do not have pain or there is little risk of damage to the intestines because the hernia is present, surgery can be avoided.

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