June is Hernia Awareness Month. If you are wondering if the aching in your belly or groin could be a hernia, please talk with your doctor immediately. A hernia typically will not heal independently and will possibly worsen over time. Hernias are common in both men and women and can vary significantly in symptoms.
A hernia happens when an internal organ pushes through a weak spot in your muscle or tissue. Hernias can be painful and cause an aching or a pressure sensation at the site of the hernia. Depending on the hernia location, the discomfort may worsen with any activity that puts a strain on the abdomen, such as heavy lifting, laughing, running, or bearing down during bowel movements.
Symptoms of a hernia include:
- Swelling or bulge you can feel
- Aching pain or burning in the area
- A strong feeling of pressure where the bulge is
- Discomfort that increases with activity
- Increase in the size of the bulge over time
Signs you have an emergency hernia:
- Difficulty with bowel movement
- Nausea and throwing up
- Heartbeat irregularity
- Intolerable pain
What kind of Doctor do you see for a hernia?
The first doctor you should schedule an appointment with is your primary care doctor. If surgery is suggested, your doctor can then refer you to a general surgeon. With early detection, surgical hernia repair is less risky and offers a better recovery and outcome
What are the Dangers of Leaving a Hernia Untreated?
A hernia will grow bigger and more painful over time if left untreated. Your risk for complications will increase such as an obstruction or strangulation of your hernia. Speak with your doctor right away if a hernia is suspected. This can save you a lot of pain and shorten your recovery time.
Several different avenues for surgical repair are available including minimally invasive laparoscopic robotic hernia repair. This type of surgical approach has many advantages. Dr. Arif Ahmad specializes in laparoscopic hernia repair. Contact his office if you suspect you may have a hernia.
Dr. Arif Ahmad specializes in laparoscopic robotic surgery and has performed over 2,000 laparoscopic robotic surgeries. He is renowned in the Long Island area for his impeccable track record of safety and success