Why You Should Visit a Hernia Specialist

A hernia specialist should be the first person you see when you suspect you have a hernia. When an organ is pushed through a muscle opening or the tissue that is holding the organ in place, a hernia occurs.

Hernias can occur anywhere from the thigh to the belly button (including groin areas), but the most common place is the abdomen. Because hernias are caused by strain and weakness of muscles in certain areas of the abdomen, groin and thigh, then something as simple as continuous coughing can lead to one.

What does a hernia specialist do?

A hernia specialist is a doctor that helps to treat hernias and educate patients on proper recovery. A hernia can cause an excruciating amount of pain which limits a person’s ability to perform daily tasks. A hernia specialist can diagnose and treat this ailment so the patient can get back to their busy schedule.

Diagnosis and Treatment

The first step towards treatment is a proper diagnosis. A hernia specialist can diagnose hernias a few different ways:

  1. Physical – Since a painful bulge or lump is often visible with hernias, the doctor might be able to determine if the patient has a hernia through a physical exam. In most cases, the hernia specialist will ask the patient to cough in order to strain the body and bring out the potential bulge
  2. Ultrasound – If a bulge is not prominent, a hernia specialist may use ultrasound in order to assess whether or not the pain is associated with a hernia or something else entirely. In some cases, an ultrasound will be able to determine the actual culprit of the pain if a hernia is not discovered
  3. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – An MRI should show if the patient has a torn muscle if there are no visible signs of a hernia

Treatment and Prevention

  1. Medication – Depending on the type of hernia a patient is dealing with, medication may be able to help relieve the pain and improve the person’s overall symptoms
  2. Surgery – If a hernia is growing and causing unbearable pain, surgery may be the best way to address it. In most cases, the hernia specialist will push back any protruding tissues and stitch up the torn muscle that led to the condition
  3. Lifestyle – Making some lifestyle changes like improving diet and exercise may reduce symptoms of a hernia. But, they will not make it go away altogether. Fortunately, a change in lifestyle can help prevent future hernias

Here are a few lifestyle changes patients should consider:

  • Avoid persistent coughing: Smoking in itself may cause hernias, but quitting will reduce any coughing caused by it. Prevent coughing brought on by a cold or flu by visiting the doctor when onset occurs
  • Maintain a healthy body: Being overweight increases a person's risk of developing a hernia and muscle weakness, especially in the abdomen. Strengthen muscles by maintaining a healthy body weight and exercising often while eating foods that support overall wellness
  • Take it easy: Do not unnecessarily strain the body, especially when lifting heavy things. Lift them correctly using the legs instead of the back. Avoid carrying heavy objects that force the body to strain

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