Meet Our Doctors
A hernia occurs when the intestines bulge through the wall of muscle tissue around it and create a small lump. The pain one feels from a hernia will vary per the type of a hernia and the patient’s physical condition. Depending on the location of a hernia, there may be differing symptoms the patient experiences. If left untreated, any form of hernia can become strangulated and cut off blood circulation, causing it to rot and making the individual toxic.
Since there are a variety of possible hernias that one can struggle with, the treatment may vary for each patient. Below are two types of hernias and the possible treatments for each. While there are only two, we can help treat a large variety of hernias by scheduling an appointment.
A hiatal hernia is when part of the stomach swells and pushes upward through the small opening in the diaphragm known as the hiatus. A small hiatal hernia will not cause any issues for the patient, but a large hernia can cause food to back up and create heartburn.
Patients who have a hiatal hernia will experience:
- Heartburn and belching
- Difficulty swallowing
- Pain in the chest or abdominal pain
- Vomiting blood
- Passing black stools
While the doctor may recommend medication for the heartburn relief, surgery may be the only option to treat a hernia and move the stomach back down. Fortunately, surgery is not as complex as some people fear and will only take one appointment with the patient normally returning home on the same day.
An inguinal hernia occurs when the intestine protrudes through the muscle downward into the groin area. The protruding intestine can create a bulge that causes immense pain when an individual coughs, bends over or lifts heavy objects. Symptoms of an inguinal hernia can include:
- Bulge on either side of the pubic bone
- The bulge burning or aching
- Pain or discomfort in the groin when bending over, coughing or lifting heavy objects
- Occasional pain and swelling around the testicles
While a patient may be able to push a minor inguinal hernia back in, more serious ones will need treatment. If open hernia repair is necessary, the patient will not be put completely under but will receive some local anesthesia. The doctor will make an incision near the area of a hernia and push it back in. Once complete, the patient will spend the next few weeks returning to normal activities.
Since there are a plethora of types of a hernia that one can struggle with, we recommend scheduling an appointment with us to determine the best course of action. After an examination, we can determine the most effective treatment and walk the patient through the entire process. Ignoring a hernia and avoiding treatment can lead to immense pain and more health risks later on. Call us at 718-416-6429 to schedule an appointment and find the right treatment today.