Hernia

What Is A Hernia?

A hernia most commonly occurs within the abdominal cavity. Typically it is caused by a weakening of the abdominal cavity wall resulting in the protrusion of an organ through that wall into another part of the body. An opening in the wall, either from a natural deformity or a tear can also cause an organ protrusion resulting in hernia repair via surgery, or some other form of hernia treatment being required to correct the issue.

There are a number of reasons why an abdominal cavity wall may weaken. It can be congenital, weakened by extended and severe coughing episodes, damaged through badly performed surgery or injury or simply deteriorate with age.

Inguinal Hernia

The most common hernia is the inguinal hernia. This makes up 75% of all abdominal hernias and the subsequent need for a hernia operation. Inguinal hernias are a protrusion of the contents of the abdominal cavity through the inguinal canal. The inguinal canal is found in both males and females, within the anterior abdominal wall.

In males, the inguinal canal is found near the spermatic cords as it holds up the testicles. In females, it supports the uterus. These canals are approximately 3-4 cm in length.

Mild pain or discomfort in the region (the groin) overlying where the inguinal hernia is a common symptom. The degree of pain can depend on the severity of the protrusion and if there is a restriction of blood flow to the organ. Very painful require hernia repair surgery to remove the risk of complications and also improve a patient’s quality of life.

Inguinal hernias can be detected clinically or by ultrasound, however tenderness around the area and sharp pains when coughing or during bowel movements is also indicative of inguinal hernias being present.

Hiatal Hernia

A hiatal hernia is the result when a section of the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm. The diaphragm is a muscle that enables us to breath by relaxing and tensioning as we inhale and exhale. It is also the muscle that spasms when we hiccup.

It separates the abdominal organs from the chest cavity. This is quite a serious hernia and a hernia operation is recommended to repair the damaged diaphragm and prevent the stomach protruding into the chest cavity.

This type of hernia becomes more common with age. If it is present in a child or infant, it is likely due to a congenital defect that occurred when the foetus was developing in the womb. These sorts of hernias a typically responsible for gastroesophageal reflux – when the stomach contents leaks into the oesophagus.

If you are over 50 and reside in the Perth area and are concerned that you may be suffering from this type of hernia, please contact our clinic and we believe we provide the best consultancy and hernia treatment Perth has to offer its elderly residents.

Umbilical Hernia

An Umbilical hernia normally occurs in infants under the age of 6-months. The intestines protrude through their abdominal wall near where the umbilical cord was cut during birth. These types of hernias may not always require a hernia operation to repair the damage since the abdominal wall will naturally become stronger as the child ages.

However, persistent crying or a bulge at the child’s bellybutton may indicate this type of hernia and you may wish to seek out a hernia repair clinic, such as Perth Weight Loss Surgery, to provide the necessary hernia treatment and repair the damaged abdominal wall.

Incisional Hernia

Incisional hernias are causes by the weakening of your abdominal walls after you have undergone abdominal surgery. The scar tissue can often split causing the protrusion of organs within your abdominal cavity.

Incisional hernias can occur after you’ve had abdominal surgery. Your intestines may push through the incision scar or the surrounding, weakened tissue.

 

Hernia Treatment

There are several ways to seek hernia treatment. All of these are offered at Perth Weight Loss Surgery. Perth’s premier hernia repair clinic

Treating hernias involves repairing the damaged cavity wall using keyhole surgery or an open incision. Both techniques employ usage of synthetic netting called ‘mesh’ to strengthen the repair and reduce chance of recurrent hernia formation.

Other lifestyle factors that can lead to hernia occurring are:

Smoking
Obesity
Pregnancy
Peritoneal Dialysis
Collagen Vascular Disease
Hernias can also be genetic.

Mr Siva Gounder is the most experienced hernia surgeon Perth has available to support patients requiring hernia repair surgery and offers the most comprehensive consultations for any hernia operation Perth offers its residents.

Mr Gounder performs these surgeries at his Perth Weight Loss Surgery clinic.

Smoking
Obesity
Pregnancy
Peritoneal Dialysis
Collagen Vascular Disease
Hernias can also be genetic.

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