A hernia refers to organs – such as intestine – that begin protruding through a particularly weak section of a patient’s abdominal wall. If this particular condition is left untreated, the split in the muscle caused by the protruding organs gradually develops. It continues to widen as greater portions of an organ or tissues are pushed through the opening, leading to the formation of a hernia sac. The emergence of a bulge or visible lump is one of the primary characteristics signalling the onset of a hernia. One such example and most commonly diagnosed is an inguinal hernia that will progressively develops in the groin.
There exist a wide variety of symptoms – all ranging in severity and varying in the locations they affect – that could mean your hernia is in need of surgery. The preferred surgical approach would be laparoscopic or ‘keyhole’ as this minimally invasive surgical technique offers best clinical outcome with faster recovery, less pain, faster return to work and overall higher satisfaction index.
Some of the most common symptoms that could indicate you have developed a hernia include:
• The emergence of a visible lump
• The persistence of an inflamed or swollen area
• The aforementioned visible lump seems to vanish or disappear once lying down or on a prone position
• The lump enlarges and swells with coughing, straining or even standing up
• Sharp or constant local pain, particularly experienced when bending over or during physical activities (such as carrying or lifting heavy objects)
• Digestive issues such as an upset stomach, constipation, abdominal bloating or nausea and vomiting
Contact our surgeons in Sydney for help in alleviating these symptoms today.