What is Hernia?
A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. Hernias are common in the abdomen; however, they can also appear in the upper thigh, belly button, and groin areas. Most hernias are not immediately life threatening, but they don’t go away on their own and can require surgery to prevent potentially dangerous complications.
Hernia in Women:
It is a common myth that only men can get inflicted with the hernia. However, this is not true. Women as well as children can also get a hernia. Hernias in women can cause chronic pelvic pain, and hernia repair is very effective at eliminating the cause of this pain. There are several types of hernias that can develop in women.
Types of Hernia:
Indirect Inguinal Hernia:
The indirect inguinal hernia may develop due to weakness in the internal inguinal ring. These hernias have a greater risk of becoming nondeductible or strangulated, making early diagnosis and repair extremely important.
Also known as incisional hernias, the ventral hernias can appear at the site of a previous surgery weeks, months, or even years later and can vary in size from small to very large and complex. If you believe you have ventral hernias, you should consult a doctor immediately.
This type of hernia is rare but occurs almost exclusively in women. These hernias appear just below the groin crease and are usually the result of pregnancy and childbirth these hernias are more prone to develop incarceration or strangulation as an early complication than are inguinal hernias. Therefore, once these hernias are diagnosed, early repair is very strongly advised before such complications occur.
It occurs near the belly button or navel, which has a natural weakness from the blood vessels of the umbilical cord. These hernias may occur in infants at or just after birth and may resolve at three or four years of age.
Symptoms of Hernia in Women:
Hernia is a dangerous disease, but some of its early symptoms can save you and your condition from getting worse. Some of these symptoms are that a bulge or swelling that may pop in and out with episodes of pain and tenderness. The women may experience chronic pelvic pain and even pain when straining, lifting or even coughing.
If you are experiencing these symptoms or suspect you may have a hernia, it is important to see your doctor before complications develop.