don't delay hernia treatment
A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. For example, the intestines may break through a weakened area in the abdominal wall.
Many hernias occur in the abdomen between your chest and hips, but they can also appear in the groin area.
- pressure when bending, lifting or coughing
- small, tender bulge anywhere in the abdomen, groin and/or belly-button area
- burning, aching sensation around the bulging area
When do you need treatment for a hernia?
Most hernias aren’t immediately life-threatening, but they don’t go away on their own. Hernias will likely require treatment to prevent potentially serious complications. Many hernias get larger over time. While a hernia may not be causing trouble now, it might lead to more serious complications if it is not repaired. Because of those potentially serious complications, it’s generally recommended that those with a hernia undergo a procedure to repair it before it grows worse.
Surgery offers relief
Once a hernia forms, it does not go away on its own. Some hernias can be repaired by minimally-invasive surgery and patients often find relief relatively quickly with reduced recovery time and side effects.
Don’t delay seeking treatment if you’re suffering. Speak to your primary care provider or call 603.627.1887 to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons.