What is Hernia?
It is a medical condition that is characterized by a rupture in the weak part of the organ. For instance, if your organ is squeezed, some of its contents will be spilled into the bloodstream and other parts of the body. When the contents of that particular organ are spilled out, it occurs. This condition may be mild or severe to the extent that you may require a strangulated surgery to rectify it. If the rupture and spillage affect the flow of blood, then it becomes an emergency. Therefore, you need to monitor your condition closely to know if you require surgical procedure.
Different Types of Organ Ruptures
- Inguinal: affects the groin and the abdominal area.
- Femoral: affects your mid-thigh area and can affect the flow of blood in your veins and arteries.
- Umbilical: affects the umbilical cord. When cut, it typically closes by itself. However, when it does not close properly, the rupture happens.
- Incision: occurs because of unsuccessful operation stitches.
Factors That Cause The Disease
They are usually factors that apply pressure on your organs especially those located in your abdominal area. Some of these factors affect your abdominal areas include obesity, coughing, lung diseases and activities that require lifting heavy objects. The disease is said to be hereditary. Therefore, if your family has a history of this disorder, there is a higher risk that you will suffer from it too.
The best way to treat the disorder immediately is to determine the condition as soon as possible. To do this, you should be aware of the symptoms that are involved. One of the most common is a lump. Lumps can be both painless and painful. If you notice lumps in your body especially along the groin and abdominal area, you should immediately have yourself checked by a medical professional. The lumps can also be very tender or swollen. Some more severe signs may also occur. For instance, if the disease affects your intestines, it may affect your bowel movement. You may have a difficult time in excreting bowels, which can lead to nausea, and vomiting. Severe pain and fever may also be experienced.
Understanding The Treatment Involved
To understand the operation, let us look at this example. Sometimes we take our health for granted – as we found out recently when my partner Richard decided it was time to start fixing his annoying left laparoscopic keyhole hernia. It was starting to become uncomfortable, so he made an appointment to see a specialist to arrange for surgical procedure to repair the burst. Apparently, the one on the right side also needed operation, even though he was not aware of its presence and it was not causing any discomfort.
The surgical procedure is almost routine these days. Richard’s bursts were in the groin (an inguinal one), the most common type. The surgeon explained the procedure, which would entail opening up each side and placing a piece of mesh at the back of the muscle where the protrusion was happening. An overnight stay in the hospital, home for some rest and back at work when he felt ready – and a legacy of two sixty (60) cm scars.
Richard is a very active person and resting is not part of his daily activity. However when he was back at home, his whole mid-section was still quite painful and so resting and sleeping came easily – although he was a bit frustrated with being so inactive.one
The recovery was going well, and he was getting better day by day. Then five days after the operation he felt quite a sharp pain, so he went off to bed early. In the middle of the night (a Saturday night), he told me he could not with bear the pain anymore and asked me to take him to hospital.
The doctor and staff on duty kept him under observation and pain-free (thank goodness for morphine) from 2.30 am to 6.30 am when they transferred him to one of the large teaching medical centre with more specialized facilities. His indications were looking more and more like appendicitis although they could not rule out there might be a connection with the recent operation.
Next day being Sunday, the medical institution was short-staffed so Richard was kept under observation and topped up with drugs until a CT scan could be arranged later in the day. The scan showed pools of blood all around his stomach area where they should not have been. He was hemorrhaging from one of the sites and had lost a lot of blood.
Another day of monitoring and drugs had followed before a further CT scan was performed to find out whether the bleeding had stopped. Luckily, it had. The risk of infection was high to perform operation to remove the blood and so the only hiatus treatment was to keep him pain-free and under observation in the medical institution for the next four days. Eventually, he was well enough to come home.
Now, more than three weeks after the operation, Richard has returned to work at his hobby business repairing wicker furniture. It is the busiest time of year for the business, and he does not want to let his customers down at Christmas. He still experiences pain, gets extremely tired and is looking very drawn. He is still not always able to put in a full day. Painkillers are nearby, and he has been advised a full recovery could take several months. The rogue pools of blood will eventually be absorbed by Richard’s system, a slow and often painful process.
With no previous experience of internal bleeding in the family, it came as a quite a shock to find out how painful and dangerous it is. Richard was safe the whole time he was in the medical centre, and we are thankful for a wonderful public health system in Australia, full of caring and dedicated people.
You know, there is another important aspect to all of this. We are very grateful that we have several sources of income so that when something like this comes along we can cope financially. It is an excellent idea to invest in your financial education – to earn multiple streams of income to create a buffer and protect against an economic downturn, illness or injury. Now we are proof that it creates peace of mind when something unexpected comes along.
In conclusion, as soon as you suspect related piles symptoms, you should immediately go to a doctor for a checkup. It is imperative to discover and treat the condition as soon as it occurs. This is to prevent the condition from becoming worse and unmanageable. If the signs are evident, the hospital may refer you to an operation in case it is necessary to treat your problems.