A hernia is a weakness in the abdominal wall which can cause bulges and possibly pain or discomfort when the contents of your abdomen are able to push outward. It seems that men suffer from hernias more often, but women and children can also have hernias. While most hernias are not life-threatening, it is best to investigate treatment to prevent complications that could occur.
Common Symptoms of a Hernia
- You might feel a bulge in your abdomen, thigh, groin or genital area.
- The bulge might get larger when you stand and it might seem to go away when you lie down.
- Abdominal or groin pain or discomfort that gets worse after you stand for a long time or at the end of the day.
- You feel pain while coughing, sneezing, lifting or other physical activity.
- You feel weakness or pressure in the groin area or have discomfort during urination or bowel movements.
Unfortunately, hernias do not heal on their own, so surgery is usually needed to repair the abdominal wall. Most hernia repair surgery utilizes a special plastic mesh that creates a “patch” which eventually gets integrated into the surrounding tissue.
Preparing for the Surgery
Your doctor has referred you to Montrose Surgical Associates because we are specialists who perform these surgeries.
First, your primary physician will help you evaluate your physical readiness for the surgery.
Then, you’ll meet with your MSA doctor so that you will know who is performing the surgery and all of your questions about it can be answered. At this preparatory meeting, we will ask you about any medications or supplements you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs as simple as aspirin.
You will receive detailed instructions to prepare yourself for the surgery , including specific diet restrictions for the night before.
While hernia surgery is safe, as with all surgeries, there are some risks which include:
- Infection or bleeding
- Numbness or pain
- Complications with anesthesia or with the plastic mesh
- Problems with urination, bowel, bladder or testicles
- Recurrence of the hernia
It is likely that you will experience some pain for the first few days after the surgery and we will likely prescribe some medication to help with the pain. We will encourage you to take steps to resume your normal routine as soon as practical—including taking short walks soon after surgery, avoiding heavy lifting for a short time and following a healthy diet.
If you have recently had hernia surgery and are experiencing any of the following, please call us at (970) 249-4321 immediately.
- Bleeding, nausea or vomiting
- Unusual swelling or bruising in the affected areas
- Drainage or increasing redness around the incision
- Pain that seems to be increasing
- A fever over 101 degrees F
- If you are having trouble urinating