Hernia surgery 

You might have heard of a hernia in the past bust most are unaware of just what it is & what it means for the person who has it. Well as it happens, it is when something in your body pushes against some of the cracks in your muscles. This can be anywhere between the throat & the hips but most tend to occur around the abdomen or groin. 

So what causes a hernia to develop? Well, it is usually either muscle weakness or any type of strain in the groin area. Unfortunately, they tend to be quite common in people who do have a stoma. So how do you know if you have a hernia? Well, there are a handful of symptoms you should be on the look out for. The first is a big bulge that tends to form just behind a stoma. You may also feel a bit of discomfort in the area as well as some bloating. Some of the symptoms are like difficulty keeping your pouch in the right place different bowel habits & pain whenever you cough or carry objects. So if you do happen to have a hernia, what should you do about it? Well, the first thing that they recommend is to contact your GP or nurse so they can look you over. 

Though they are not typically, a hernia can become life threatening if left untreated. So even if you think it might be nothing, it’s just better to err on the safe side. The nurse can provide you with some tips on how to manage your symptoms so that it does not get out of control. They don’t usually prove to be much of a pain but can be a bit of a nuisance if you do not treat it as well as you should. If it gets too big, it can be seen under your clothes. If it tends to be small, you might want to consider some supportive under wear. This can include a support belt that can be worn all throughout the day to provide a bit more comfort to your life. 

It tends to be quite rare but in some cases, the intestine gets stuck in the hernia & if that happens, you may need to have a bit of surgery on it. Of course, if it is a small one, you will not need it most likely but if it becomes obstructed, your doctor may advise you to go under the knife to have it removed. They usually only operate on it if it is absolutely necessary or if the symptoms prove to be quite severe so in most cases, you will not have to worry about this. 

Now if you do end up going under the knife, there are two options: you can have it moved to somewhere else on the abdomen thereby allowing them to repair the hernia as best they can or they can leave it where it is & try to work around it as they try to repair it. In both options, they do use mesh to reinforce the structure but the good news is it should not take more than 2 days in the hospital to recover from it. The mesh also serves to keep it from coming back. 

Author: Wilford Giron

At the moment I'm managing wooden trains in Phoenix, AZ. Crossed the country researching race cars in Ocean City, NJ.

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