Hernia repairs are a common medical problem and yet many Americans avoid treatment. Reason for avoiding hernias can include fear of surgery, unwanted “down time” and fearing long healing periods. Over 3/4 of a million people seek treatment for hernias every year and today’s technology has given patients the ability to face hernia repair commonly without extensive and invasive surgery.
What is a Hernia?
Web MD offers this answer to the question “What is a Hernia?” When there is a weakness in the wall of the body a hernia can occur at that weakness, often protruding outward and causing a hernia.
- Umbilical Hernia – Just as it sounds, this type of hernia occurs around your belly button. Signs include pain in the stomach, close to the belly button area and/or your belly button bulging outwards, sometimes looking “bruised” or purplish in color.
- Abdominal Hernia – Also referred to as a ventral hernia it will generally occur as a protrusion above the belt on the abdomen.
- Hiatal Hernia – Often associated with stomach and acid reflux issues, a Hiatal hernia is sometimes referred to as a Paraesophageal Hernia. The main symptoms can include “heartburn,” gastric reflux, or GERD and because it is a type of hernia that is associated with the intake of food and your body’s reaction to food.
- Incisional Hernia – A hernia at the site or near the site of an incision occurs because cutting the skin, tissue, nerves, and muscles created a weakened wall.
- Femoral Hernia – Some people refer to this type of hernia as a “sports hernia” because it is associated with activity that weakens the walls at the top of the leg or in the groin area. They can be a recurrent type of hernia and should be addressed as soon as possible to avoid pain and increased injury.
- Inguinal Hernia – One of the most common types of hernias in men, it generally happens below the belt area on one or both sides of the groin and/or scrotum area. This type of hernia can cause great pain due to the location; however, it is also one that is commonly dismissed because of fear of having surgery to this particular area.
After Hernia Repair Surgery
There is generally short term recuperation in which you should rest and in-home care can help get you back to normal faster than you may think!
Recuperation can include:
- In-home therapy and nursing to provide after care
- Learning how to lift items so as not to cause re-injury
- Follow-up visits with your health care team (nursing, physical therapy, surgeon, and PCP)
Remember that Accredited Home Care can be an integral part to healing, feeling better as your body heals and understanding exercises and limitations after your hernia repair.
Photo by stephanie_in_love