Types Of Hernia Conditions

Types Of Hernia Conditions
By Chris Chew

So what is hernia and what are its symptoms? Someone suffering
from hernia has an opening or weakness in the muscular structure
of the abdominal wall. This condition causes a bulging of the
wall of the abdomen. The bulge or lump will be more noticeable
when the abdominal muscles are tightened, thereby increasing the
pressure inside abdomen of the hernia patient.

There are several activities that can worsen a hernia condition
such as lifting heavy weights and objects, coughing, or even
straining during movement of bowels. 

A hernia condition is like a barrel with a hole in its side and
a balloon that is blown up inside the barrel with part of the
balloon straining to push through the hole with part of it
bulging out of the hole. The barrel is the abdominal wall and
the balloon is the intestine.

Developing a hernia may result in serious medical complications
when organ tissues or intestines are trapped. In medical term,
this complication is called incarceration. The human organ
tissues such as the intestine may have their blood supply cut
off, leading to severe damage or even death of the tissue. When
incarceration happens, a hernia surgery is required to repair
the damage. If immediate surgery is not undertaken to correct
incarceration, it could be potentially fatal.

Hernia victims will usually feel pain or dull discomfort in the
lower abdomen. Sometimes localized swelling will appear on the
abdomen or in the groin area.

The most common area for hernias to occur is in the groin or
inguinal area. This condition is called inguinal hernia. This is
because there is a natural anatomical weakness in this abdominal
area. Also, the upright position of the human posture places a
greater force at the bottom of the abdomen causing increasing
the stress on these weaker muscles of the abdominal wall.

These pressures, over time break down the supporting tissues
thereby enlarging any pre-existing hole or resulting in a new
hole on the abdominal wall. Several different types of hernias
may occur or even coexist. These include indirect, direct, and
femoral hernias, which are defined by the location of the
opening hole of the hernia from the abdomen to the groin.

Another type of hernia, called the ventral hernia, occurs in
the mid section of the abdomen, usually just above the navel.
Hernias can also occur within the navel too.

Other types of hernia such as Epigastria, incision, lumbar,
internal, umbilical and Spigellian all occur at different areas
of the abdomen that are prone to muscular structural weaknesses.
Internal hernias can be difficult to detect and is usually
diagnosed only when incarceration sets in. This is because there
are usually no external evidence of a lump or bulge on the
abdominal wall. Immediate surgery must be performed or else
serious medical complications will arise.

About the Author: Chris Chew was a former hernia patient. More
surgery articles at his blogs
http://transplants-surgeons-surgeries.blogspot.com and

Source: http://www.isnare.com

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