Thursday, Jul 18 2019 | Time 23:17 Hrs(IST)
  • HPPCL commissions Sawra Kaddu Dam in Shimla
  • Loans of all farmers to be waived off as promised: Bhupesh
  • Works approved by previous govt just before elections, to be reviewed: Bhupesh
  • Dr Prashant Narnaware takes over as Jt MD of CIDCO
  • First contingent of 423 Haj pilgrims from Telangana left for Madina
  • Health Ministry signs MoUs for enhanced cooperation to end TB by 2025
  • Prove majority by July 19, K'taka Guv directs CM
  • Prove majority by July 19, K'taka Guv directs CM
  • BJP walkout in MP House over power bills
  • Woman remanded to police custody for baby's murder in Nashik
  • Five lakh employment opportunities in Calcutta Leather Complex
  • C'garh gov't to set up regulatory commission for determining fees
  • Karnataka Governor asks CM to prove majority on Friday
  • Kashmir has no solution: Natwar Singh
  • MP to be artificial intelligence hub: CM
Press Releases

Educate yourself: Here are the most frequent questions about Hernia

Educate yourself: Here are the most frequent questions about Hernia

 Hernia is one of the most common, yet dangerous medical conditions. It refers to the formation of a bulge in the abdomen or groin. Due to the location of affected area, people are often hesitant to visit the doctor or talk to someone and tend to ignore it. However, a hernia doesn’t heal by itself and not ensuring timely treatment is only going to make it worse. With an aim to increase awareness and remove the taboo about the condition, doctors at Nayati Healthcare answer the most frequently asked questions about hernia:

What causes a hernia?

A tear in the abdominal muscle wall is the primary cause of hernia. Due to this opening, the inner lining sticks out similar to a torn vehicle tire. As the inner lining sticks out, it forms a pouch. In addition, the bulge felt by the person is a result of a loop of intestine entering the pouch via the wall tear.

Common causes of hernia include:

·         Straining

·         Cystic fibrosis

·         Persistent cough

·         Smoking

·         Heavy lifting

·         Obesity

What are the symptoms of a hernia?

Experts at Nayati Healthcare state that in most of the cases, hernia looks like a small, painless swelling which disappears on lying down. However, if the bulge like swelling doesn’t go in after applying minor pressure and feels firm, it could be a complicated hernia. Other symptoms that a person is likely to experience include:

·         Pain

·         Vomiting

·         Heartburn

·         Nausea

Are there any types in hernia?

There are five major types of hernia:

·         Inguinal – Accounts for major cases of Groin hernia

·         Umbilical – Through the abdominal wall near navel

·         Femoral – In the canal carrying femoral artery into upper thigh

·         Hiatal – Upper stomach bulges through the large muscle separating your abdomen and chest

·         Incisional – Through a previous abdominal surgery body site

What is the treatment for hernia?

Hernia usually requires a surgery, be it open surgical or laparoscopic. However, here are some other ways which can minimize the cause of hernia:

·         Quit smoking

·         Avoid heavy meals

·         Start regular exercise

·         OTC Medicines

Is there any way to prevent it?

The best way to prevent Hernia is being extra careful while you put any kind of strain on your body as the condition is primarily caused due to muscle weakness. Some other measures include:

·         Maintaining BMI

·         Do not ignore prolonged cough

·         Don’t stress your back much

·         Be careful while lifting heavy objects

The writer is a Surgeon and HOD of GI, MAS & Bariatric Surgery Department at Nayati Medicity, Mathura

Got any more queries? Let us know in the comments below!