Overview of Hernia
A hernia is a condition where an organ or a tissue breaks through a weakened opening in the muscle. Most hernias are not life-threatening, but they require medical intervention for the symptoms to go away.
Usually, hernias occur in the abdominal region, but can also occur at the navel, or near the thighs and the groin. An example of a hernia is the intestine breaking through a weakened spot through the tissues in the abdomen.
As stated before, hernias are not immediately life-threatening, but they do need medical attention since they do not resolve on their own. The following are some of the tell-tale signs of a hernia:
- Dull pain in the affected area
- Swelling in the affected area
- Burning sensation
- Bulging when inspecting the affected area
- Build up of pressure
The usual treatment for a hernia is surgery, where, the bulging tissue or organ is pushed back into place and the wall is reinforced with stitches to provide structural strength and integrity.