When you have a hernia, you have an organ or tissue pushing through a weakened part of your abdominal wall that should be holding it in place. Several types of hernias can develop in various parts of your abdomen, including the:

  • Groin
  • Upper stomach
  • Pelvic floor
  • Bellybutton

You can also develop hernias around surgical incisions.

Many hernias don’t cause any symptoms and aren’t life-threatening. However, some untreated hernias can be dangerous and require immediate attention. So, when symptoms do arise, don’t ignore them.

As a hernia specialist at South Shore Surgical in Valley Stream, New York, Dr. Ira Klonsky recommends watching for these signs that could indicate a hernia.

A strange bump or lump

One of the most common signs of a hernia involves protruding tissue that you can’t push back into place. These bumps often appear in the abdomen, groin, or on either side of the pubic bone.

Hernia bumps can be painless or severely painful, and they can vary in size. It’s also common for them to grow bigger or smaller when the pressure in your abdomen changes, especially when you’re coughing, standing, or lying down.

Discomfort or pain

If you have pain while lifting or when bending over, it could be a hernia. Other signs of hernia discomfort include:

  • Burning
  • Aching
  • Stabbing
  • Pressure
  • Weakness

You can also develop a hernia while lifting something heavy, which often causes a sharp, tearing, or searing pain.

Nausea or vomiting

Most people don’t associate nausea and vomiting with hernias, but these symptoms can indicate a serious problem known as an incarcerated hernia. In these cases, herniated tissue gets trapped, which can trigger bowel obstruction, tissue strangulation, and life-threatening complications.

Constipation or feelings of fullness

If you’ve been struggling with constipation, problems passing gas, or feel like you’ve had an enormous meal even when you haven’t, it could be an inguinal hernia. These common hernias make up 75% of all abdominal wall hernias and usually occur up to 25 times more often in men.

When you have an inguinal hernia, it often occurs with pain in the lower abdomen or groin.

Acid reflux or heartburn

It’s easy to assume that heartburn symptoms are due to something you ate, but hiatal hernias can also cause them. These common hernias develop in the upper part of your stomach and bulge through your diaphragm.

When you have a small hiatal hernia, you may not have any symptoms at all. But as they grow larger, these hernias can cause acid and food to flow back into your esophagus, causing esophageal inflammation and digestive symptoms like heartburn.

Treating a hernia

If you have a hernia, Dr. Klonsky can perform surgery to repair the area using advanced laparoscopic techniques such as robotic technology. This minimally invasive approach comes with fewer risks and faster recovery times, and you can usually go home the same day.

To learn more about hernia treatment in Greater Queens, Long Island, and the surrounding communities in New York, contact South Shore Surgical’s Valley Stream office today by calling or requesting an appointment online today. You can also send a message to Dr. Klonsky and the team here on the website.

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