It’s Hernia Awareness Month!

It’s Hernia Awareness Month!

Photo: kidshealth.org

June is National Hernia Awareness Month, a time to slow down and think about friends and loved ones affected by hernias. Hernias, otherwise known as enteroceles, transpire whenever internal organs (usually the intestines) protrude through a weak region of muscle; this typically occurs in the abdomen. Hernias can happen if you do heavy lifting for long periods of time or other activities that cause straining. People of all ages and sexes can develop hernias.

There are many types of hernias, including the following:

  • Inguinal hernias – in the groin
  • Umbilical – surrounding the belly button
  • Incisional – through a scar
  • Hiatal – through the diaphragm
  • Congenital diaphragmatic – birth defect

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If left untreated, hernias can cause strangulation of the intestines, gangrene, or death. It is important to be on the lookout for symptoms of hernias, which typically involve groin discomfort, tender lumps, or non-tender bulges. The treatment options for hernias include pushing the hernia content back in and applying pressure, or, more commonly, stitching the hernia back in via surgery.

 

For more information or treatment options, visit the following website:

http://www.herniainfo.com/

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hernia.html

http://customblogging.com/MMH/?p=92

http://www.herniainfo.com/

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