A hernia is the generalized term that refers to a bulge in the body tissue or organ through the structure that it normally is held within. The most common type of herniation is an abdominal herniation. An abdominal hernia is an opening in the muscular structure of the abdomen wall. The lining of the abdominal cavity protrudes through the opening and this leads to a bulging of the abdominal wall. This bulging is usually more noticeable when the abdominal muscles are tightened.
Generally abdominal hernias lead to bloating, and intense pain. However, some patients have no symptoms and are unaware that they have a hernia. Some activities can cause the pain from a hernia to worsen. These activities include heavy lifting, coughing, or even straining to pass bowel movement. Any activity that causes your abdominal muscles to tighten or flex should be limited when you have a hernia to avoid aggravating the problem.
When the lining protrudes it can contain intra-abdominal contents such as the intestines and omentum, which is the layer of fat that surrounds abdominal organs. Serious complications from a hernia can result from the trapping of tissues in the hernia. When the tissue becomes trapped it is referred to as incarceration. The problem with trapped or incarcerated tissues is that when untreated they may have their blood supply cut off. This can lead to damage or death of the tissue which cannot be reversed. Hernias may occur in infants, children, and adults — both in males and females. However, the majority of abdominal hernias occur in males.
Abdominal Hernia Location
The most common location for patients to suffer from hernias is in the groin area. This is because there is a natural weakness in the groin region which is from incomplete muscle coverage. Additionally, the upright position of human posture results in a more powerful force pushing towards the bottom of the abdomen- making the bulk of the stress resting on these weaker tissues. The combination of these factors over time break down the supportive tissues, increasing the size of any existing holes, or leads to a tear- resulting in a new hole.
Abdominal Hernia Symptoms
The most common symptoms of an abdominal hernia include pain or discomfort and swelling somewhere on the surface of the abdomen or the groin area. However it is important to remember that a hernia can also be painless and only appear as a bulging or swollen area. The pain may come and go or be constant. The swelling may decrease or be nonexistent, depending on the amount of pressure happening within the abdomen. Constant, intense pain at a bulge site may indicate a medical emergency and should be treated immediately by a doctor.
Abdominal Hernia Treatment in Humble TX
If you are suffering from abdominal pain or swelling in your stomach or groin, contact Wellspire Medical Group. We can give you diagnostic testing to determine if you are suffering from an abdominal hernia or other abdominal injury. Don’t put off getting abdominal pain checked, schedule an appointment with one of our doctors today.
Wellspire Medical Group
17903 West Lake Houston Parkway Suite #201
Atascocita, TX 77346