HERNIA TYPES, RISK FACTORS AND TREATMENT

A hernia is when an organ protrudes through the wall of the cavity where it normally resides.  If you feel or know you have a hernia, please consult your primary care physician immediately.  Your primary care physician can refer you to a General Surgeon, such as Dr. Hany Tadros in the Marshall County Professional Building for immediate attention.

What is a Hernia?

 

 

 

 


What are Different Types of Hernias?

There are several types of hernias:

  • Inguinal hernia is the most common. This occurs when part of your bowel squeezes through your lower abdomen into the groin.
  • Femoral hernia happens when fatty tissue or a part of the bowel pushes through into the groin at the top of the inner thigh.
  • Incisional hernia is when tissue pushes through a surgical wound in the abdomen that has not completely healed.
  • Umbilical hernia is when fatty tissue or a part of the bowel pushes through the abdomen close to your belly button (navel).
  • Muscle hernia is when part of your muscle pushes through the abdomen sometimes after a sports injury.

(Source: WebMD)


What are Risk Factors of a Hernia?

There are several risk factors that include:

  • Smoking
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Collagen Vascular Disease
  • Previous Appendectomy

(Source: Wikipedia, 2016)

Commonly, hernias are found in the area of the abdomen.  If left untreated, hernias can lead to complications such as:

  • Inflammation
  • Obstruction
  • Strangulation of the bowel

 (Source: Wikipedia, 2016)


Reynolds Memorial Hospital

Patients can discuss their risk factors and symptoms with a Board Certified physician, such as Dr. Hany Tadros at Reynolds Memorial Hospital.  Call us today for more information: 304-845-3033.