Why women of childbearing age shouldn’t ignore hernias
5/5/2016 1:06 PM
Surgeons always prefer to do surgeries electively rather than emergently. When a surgery is elective, we are able to plan the procedure in advance.
Often, hernia repairs can be scheduled before the situation becomes urgent. I especially encourage women in the childbearing years to have hernias fixed electively. One of the biggest challenges for a general surgeon is to put a woman under anesthesia and operate on her when she is pregnant. Different trimesters have different risks, so doing an elective hernia repair in this category of patient is much preferred.
If a person ignores a hernia or is unaware that they have one, they run the risk of acquiring a strangulated hernia. This happens when a piece of the intestine becomes trapped in the weak point in the abdominal wall, which can cut off the blood supply.
Common hernia symptoms include pain in the abdomen, pelvis or testicles, abdominal discomfort, groin discomfort or tenderness. If you suspect that you have a hernia, don’t delay seeing your doctor for an evaluation.
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About the Author
Robert Duran, MD, is a general surgeon at the Live Oak Health Partners Specialty Care clinic in San Marcos, Texas.