about a year ago i had a doublr hernia opperation and was told i had lots of small hernias around the stomach lining for the last 3 weeks ive been getting stomach pain that wont go away and ive noticed a small lump in my stomach could these hernia,s have got worse please help as my stomach is really painfull
Usually, there is no obvious cause of a hernia. Sometimes hernias occur with heavy lifting, straining while using the toilet, or any activity that raises the pressure inside the abdomen. Hernias may be present at birth, but the bulge may not be noticeable until later in life. Some patients may have a family history of hernias.
Hernias can be seen in infants and children. This can happen when there is weakness in the abdominal wall. About 5 out of 100 children have inguinal hernias (more boys than girls). Some children may not have symptoms until they are adults.
Any activity or medical problem that increases pressure on the abdominal wall tissue and muscles may lead to a hernia, including: Chronic constipation, straining to have bowel movements Chronic cough Cystic fibrosis Enlarged prostate, straining to urinate Extra weight Fluid in the abdomen (ascites) Heavy lifting Peritoneal dialysis Poor nutrition Smoking Overexertion Undescended testicles
Surgery is the only treatment that can permanently fix a hernia. Surgery may be more risky for patients with serious medical problems. If the hernia is small and not causing symptoms, your surgeon may just need to watch it to make sure it is not growing or causing problems.
Surgery will usually be used for hernias that:
Are getting larger
Cannot be reduced without surgery
May involve a trapped piece of bowel
Surgery secures the weakened abdominal wall tissue (fascia) and closes any holes. Today, most hernias are closed with cloth patches to plug up the holes.
An umbilical hernia that does not heal on its own by the time your child is 5 years old may be repaired.
Emergency surgery is sometimes needed. The sac containing the intestine or other tissue may become stuck in the hole in the abdominal wall. If it cannot be pushed back through, this can lead to a strangulated loop of intestine. If left untreated, this portion of the intestine dies because it loses its blood supply.
Today, hernias can be fixed by open surgery or with the use of a laparoscope (camera). The advantages of using a camera include smaller surgical cuts, faster recovery, and less pain after the procedure.
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