A hernia can be a different experience for different people. In some people with hernias, hernias are quite painful, while others experience little or no pain.
In the meantime, in some hernia patients the hernia is more or less constantly present and visible. Others come and go all day.
There are also a variety of types of hernias. The condition can appear almost anywhere in your midsection or groin.
A common question asked by hernia patients is, “Does a hernia make your stomach big?” If you’re wondering, here are 5 hernia FAQs that can help you:
- How many types of hernias are there?
A: There are different types of hernias, including groin, thigh, navel, incision, and diaphragmatic hernias. The type of hernia you have is characterized by where it occurs in your body.
Some hernias can be strangled, which means that the inner parts of the body (often parts of the intestine) that protrude from the muscle walls can lose their oxygen and die. Strangulated hernias must be operated on immediately to correct them.
- What are the main symptoms of a hernia?
A: Hernias are usually characterized by a bulge in the body cavity. Such a bulge is often visible from outside the body. The bulge is sometimes painful, but not always. In some cases, it can come and go all day.
- What causes the hernia to swell?
A: A weakness in the muscle wall, which can be caused by genetics or an incident such as a sports injury, allows part of the body’s organs to pass through. The internal organs are under a certain pressure, so they can be prone to swelling without strong abdominal or groin muscles that hold them back.
- Does a hernia make your stomach fat?
A: In most cases, a hernia is visible on the outside of your body. With that in mind, you could say that certain types of hernias make your stomach bigger. In almost all cases, however, the bulge is visible in an area of your stomach (with some types of hernias) at a certain location, rather than making your stomach appear larger in general.
- What is the best form of treatment for a hernia?
A: Your doctor can wait for some mild forms of hernias. In most cases, however, surgery may need to be done to correct the situation. During the operation, a surgeon makes a cut near the affected area. The protruding tissue is pushed back into the body cavity, then a synthetic net is placed on the weak point of the muscle wall. This network significantly reduces the likelihood of recurrence of the hernia.
If you think you have a hernia, it is best to contact your doctor immediately to have it examined. Regardless of whether your doctor recommends immediate surgery or if you are asked to return regularly for surveillance, this is a medical problem that should be taken seriously.