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Listed below are some frequently asked questions about hernia surgery.  If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to contact Hernia Surgery Los Angeles today.

Q: What is a hernia?

A:  A hernia is a condition in which an organ or tissue protrudes through an opening or weak spot of the surrounding muscle, membrane, or connective tissue that normally holds the organ in place.  Most hernias occur in the abdominal and groin region.

Q:  How do you get a hernia?

A:  There are multiple types of hernias that can occur for a variety of reasons.  People who are frequent heavy lifters can be more prone to hernias.  Improper heavy lifting can cause excess strain on the abdomen and lead to a hernia as well.  Sometimes, people may have a predisposition to developing hernias.  These people may already have a weak spot in the abdominal wall, making it easier for a rupture to occur.  Smoking, pregnancy, and obesity are also known to be factors in hernia development.

Q: What are the symptoms of a hernia?

A: Common symptoms of a hernia can be pain and discomfort in the herniated region, as well as a visible lump or bulge.  Both the discomfort and the lump may vary or change during certain movements or positions. Hernias aren’t always painful, but most will usually show up on the outside as a protrusion.  With the hiatal hernia, there are no outward symptoms.  Symptoms for a hiatal hernia include possible indigestion and acid reflux.

Q:  How do I prevent a hernia?

A:  The best way to prevent a hernia is to stay in good physical shape and to avoid excess heavy lifting and straining.  Many hernias develop after the patient used improper technique to lift a heavy object.  People who are obese are more susceptible to developing a hernia because of the pressure excess body fat puts on internal structures.  A good diet, exercise, and proper technique when lifting are the best ways to avoid getting a hernia.

Q: Does smoking increase your risk for hernias?

A: Smoking can be a driving factor with hernia development.  Smokers have a higher incidence of abdominal hernias than non-smokers.  Exposure to nicotine from tobacco can cause the abdominal wall to weaken, making it easier for a hernia to develop.  Frequent coughing and lung irritation as a smoker can also increase the risk of developing a hernia.

Q: What is an inguinal hernia?

A:  Inguinal hernias are the most common type of hernia.  Inguinal hernias involve the intestines, fat or bladder rupturing through the lower abdominal wall and into the inguinal canal located in the groin region.  In men, the organ may protrude into the scrotum, causing pain, swelling, and a lump.  In most cases, a lump may be noticed in the area where the upper-thigh and groin meet.  Pain when lifting heavy objects, coughing, or bending over are common symptoms with an inguinal hernia.

Q:  What is an umbilical hernia?

A:  Also known as a bellybutton hernia, umbilical hernias are a type of abdominal hernia that is most common in women.  They occur right behind the bellybutton and can cause the bellybutton to protrude outward.  This is a common type of hernia in pregnant women, especially those who have had multiple pregnancies.  Overweight adults are also more likely to develop an umbilical hernia.  As the umbilical hernia grows, the symptoms like pain become much more severe.  Early treatment by an expert is important with umbilical hernias.

Q: What is a hiatal hernia?

A: Hiatal hernias take place in the upper abdominal area.  The upper part of the stomach protrudes through a weakness in the diaphragm.   Hiatal hernias are different from other hernias because there are no visible symptoms.  All symptoms of a hiatal hernia are on the inside.  These symptoms can include chest pain, indigestion, and acid reflux.  Acid reflux can be a common sign of a hiatal hernia.  Surgery is not always required, but it can be necessary if the symptoms cannot be controlled by alternative means.

Q:  What is hernia surgery?

A:  At Hernia Surgery Los Angeles, we pride ourselves on offering a variety of techniques that best suit the particular situation, including the minimally-invasive surgery methods that we employ for fixing hernias.  Hernia surgery is done in some instances using a method called laparoscopy.  A few tiny incisions are made and then the hernia is fixed using micro instruments and a miniature camera that’s connected to a TV monitor.  The surgeon is able to operate off of the monitor without the need for large, invasive incisions.  This method is known for drastically reducing post-operative pain and for shrinking the recovery period to mere days.

Q:  How long does hernia surgery take?

A:  Hernia surgery is done as an outpatient procedure.  Normally, the operation takes about an hour to perform.  After the operation, the patient is monitored for a couple hours. As with any outpatient procedure, you are able to go home the very same day.

Q:  What should I expect after hernia surgery?

A: At Hernia Surgery Los Angeles, recovery time following hernia surgery is fairly quick.  You should expect to feel some level of discomfort through the first week.  Pain medications are usually prescribed to help deal with the pain during the first few days after surgery.  Bruising and discoloration can be common in the surgery area.  Normally, you can be up and moving almost immediately after surgery.  A lot of patients are able to return to work within the first week, just as long as it isn’t physically demanding.  It may take a month or so before patients can return to heavy lifting.  You are encouraged to stay active after surgery, as this helps the healing process and can reduce pain.

Contact Hernia Surgery Los Angeles Today

If you have any questions regarding hernias, please contact our experts at Hernia Surgery Los Angeles by calling (888) 418-2082.  Our team of experienced physicians provides only the very best in hernia diagnosis and treatment.

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