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Is This A Hernia?

Hernias can occur in different areas of the body, though most commonly, hernias form in the stomach area. Men can develop hernias in their scrotums. Even babies can get hernias.

What Is a Hernia?

A hernia happens when an internal organ comes through its protective layer of tissue and muscle. The hernia will look like a lump or bulge under the skin. Hernias in different parts of the body have different names:

What Are the Symptoms of a Hernia?

The most common symptom of a hernia is a lump or bulge.

What Causes a Hernia?

Hernias are often caused in people who have weakened abdominal muscles or who do a lot of heavy lifting or straining. Depending on the cause, a hernia can develop quickly, or slowly over time. Common muscle weakness can come from a birth defect (where the abdominal wall doesn't close properly while in the womb), age, chronic coughing, or damage from injury or surgery. Common strain causes that can lead to a hernia, especially when muscle weakness is present, include pregnancy (abdominal strain), constipation (straining during bowel movements), lifting heavy things, fluid in the abdomen, sudden weight gain, surgery, a chronic cough, or frequent sneezing.

How Are Hernias Treated?

Many hernias don’t require treatment and your doctor will keep an eye on it, but some do. If a hernia is causing pain or is severe, a surgeon can perform a simple and safe laparoscopic surgery to repair the hernia.

What’s the Long-Term Outcome If You’re Found to Have a Hernia?

A hernia doesn’t go away on its own, but with prompt medical care and lifestyle changes (weight loss and/or dietary changes), you can minimize the effects of a hernia and avoid life-threatening complications, such as strangulation. Many people don’t experience symptoms of a hernia, but if you are, it’s important to get checked by a doctor. The physicians at Gotham Gastroenterology are highly trained in diagnosing and treating hernias. If you’re concerned about the possibility of a hernia, or about your digestive health, make an appointment with us at one of our convenient NYC locations today.

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