A hernia is an abnormal opening or hole in the abdominal wall. This may allow abdominal organs to bulge out/protrude through this opening. Hernias may occur due to previous surgeries, childbirth, trauma, or could be congenital. Hernias may cause discomfort, pain, and/or a bulge or swelling in the area of the hernia. The symptoms may be more noticeable when sneezing, coughing, lifting, or during activities causing exertion.
Hernias do not go away. In fact, the natural course of a hernia is for it to slowly enlarge and worsen over time. They tend to progressively enlarge and cause more pain and discomfort. Currently, the only way to cure a hernia is by surgery.
Dr. Roshek explains:
“Having an abdominal wall hernia repaired will not only relieve bothersome or painful symptoms, but it can also prevent future complications from occurring. If left untreated, hernias can lead to an obstruction of the intestines that causes a need for emergent surgery. Abdominal wall hernia repair can often lead to an improved quality of life and appearance.”
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