What is Hernia? Find Out How to Manage Hernia!

Hernia is a condition where you see the abnormal protrusion of visceral organ like intestine, etc., through the weak point of your muscle.

Various Types of Hernia

  • Inguinal hernia – Occurs near your groin,
  • Umbilical hernia – Occurs near your belly button.
  • Incisional hernia – Occurs due to the weakness in the muscle after any abdominal surgery.
  • Hiatus hernia – There is protrusion of upper part of stomach through your diaphragm.
  • Femoral hernia – Occurs near the upper part of your thighs.


Common Causes of Hernia

  • Any injury in the abdominal muscle due to accident or surgery.
  • Lifting heavy weights.
  • Repeated cough.
  • Post pregnancy.
  • Repeated stress and strain of abdominal muscles due to constipation, diarrhea, persistent sneezing, etc.
  • Being obese.
  • Hereditary.


Signs and Symptoms of Hernia

  • You will notice an abnormal lump.
  • It may be painless initially and may become severely painful.
  • It may be reducible – you can push back the lump into its normal position or irreducible – you cannot push it back.
  • If it is strangulated, you will experience severe pain, nausea, vomiting and fever. It is a medical emergency.


Management of Hernia

If Hernia is small and you don’t have pain, no treatment is needed. If it is strangulated, surgery is the only option.

  • Manage your weight – reduce your excess weight.
  • Avoid lifting heavy weights.
  • Avoid constipation by taking fibre rich foods.
  • You can wear supportive surgical belts under the guidance of your physician.
  • Eat healthy foods to strengthen your muscles.
  • Do yoga and pranayama under proper guidance.
  • Avoid overeating. Eat only 3/4th of your capacity.
  • Don’t drink large quantity of fluids immediately after food.
  • Finish your dinner early.
  • Do regular walking to maintain your weight.

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Additional Reading:

Inguinal Hernia – An Overview

Hiatal Hernia – An Overview

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4 thoughts on “What is Hernia? Find Out How to Manage Hernia!

  • February 8, 2016 at 7:54 am

    hi puneet
    my son is having herniated disc.it is L4 and L5 of spine.what is the best remedy for that

  • March 29, 2016 at 3:29 am

    Hi my three week old has hernia near his belly button. The doctors have said there he wouldnt be experiencing any pain. What is the best solution

  • March 30, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Nice read! A hernia occurs when an internal organ or another body part protrudes through the wall of muscle or tissue that normally contains it. I would like to add these symptoms too;
    Swelling or bulge in the groin or scrotum
    Increased pain at the site of the bulge
    Pain while lifting
    Increase in the bulge size over time
    A dull aching sensation
    A sense of feeling full or signs of bowel obstruction
    Hernias commonly don't resolve on their own and surgery ( http://www.shouldice.com/patient-services.aspx ) may be the only way to repair them.

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