Understanding Hernias: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

Do you notice a painful bulge in your lower abdominal area? If so, it may be time to see a specialist for hernia in Hinsdale and Elmhurst, serving Berwyn and LaGrange, IL. The Suburban Surgical Associates/Suburban Metabolic Institute team has several trained doctors ready to assist you, so you no longer have to deal with such pain.

What Is a Hernia?

 This condition occurs when part of your intestine or fat pushes through your abdominal wall. Did you know there is more than one type of hernia you can have? Most are in the inguinal region, but they can also be in the femoral region or even through your diaphragm. Be careful and avoid strain after surgery, as you may develop incisional hernias in the area of the incision. Some people may have the appearance of an “outie” belly button when tissue pushes through the navel area.

What Are Common Causes and Symptoms?

 There is no one reason why someone may develop a hernia. However, one of the main contributors is being overweight, especially if obese. After all, severe obesity can put extra strain on all parts of your body, especially your abdominal area. If you work in construction, landscaping, or industrial work, you may be lifting heavy things all day. Take precautions to avoid straining your body, as heavy lifting is another cause of this protrusion in your abdominal area.

Diabetics have many issues to worry about, and unfortunately, this condition is something else to add to the list. Diabetes can cause your connective or abdominal tissues to weaken. As a result, abdominal protrusions are more likely.

Smoking can cause a range of health issues, such as poor wound healing and weakened immunity. Heavy smokers may cough a lot and strain their midsection area, significantly raising their risk of a hernia. 

How Can a Doctor Treat It?

 Thanks to laparoscopic repair, you have access to minimally invasive surgery through the use of robotics. However, if you have a severe one due to previous hernias or an existing larger one, your hernia care may involve reconstruction of the area. In this complex procedure, surgeons move one ab muscle from one spot to another.

The doctors at Suburban Surgical Associates/Suburban Metabolic Institute can help you with your hernia diagnosis, assess causes, and use the right treatment. For hernia treatment in Hinsdale and Elmhurst, serving Berwyn and LaGrange, IL, call either office at (708) 484-0621 for an appointment today.

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