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Hernia, Inguinal

What is an inguinal hernia?

An inguinal hernia occurs when part of the "sac" that lines the abdomen
pushes through a weak spot in the inguinal canal (an opening between
layers of abdominal muscle near the groin between the abdomen and inner
thigh). This abnormal bulge can typically be seen and felt, especially when
one "bears down," that is, increases abdominal pressure by holding one’s
breath and pushing, coughing or sneezing.
What are the top inguinal hernia symptoms?
With an inguinal hernia, there is a soft bulge in the groin area or a swelling
in the scrotum with or without pain that is usually reducible (able to be
pushed back through the area of weakness). Hernias can often be
diagnosed on examination by simply placing a hand or finger over the area
and having the patient bear down or cough. Very small hernias usually
contain only fluid from the abdominal cavity, while a loop or part of bowel
will occasionally be pushed into the bulge of medium or large hernias and
cause discomfort. Pain can worsen with repeated heavy lifting or straining.
Nausea, vomiting, severe pain and/or absence of bowel movements may
indicate an incarcerated hernia, which occurs if the intestine cannot be
pushed back through the area of muscle. This can be a potentially lifethreatening condition that requires immediate surgical intervention to
prevent the trapped part of bowel from dying from loss of blood supply.
What are the causes of inguinal hernias?
The majority of people who get inguinal hernias are men born with a
weakness in the abdominal wall, and 90 percent of newborns diagnosed

as well as those with allergies who have chronic coughing and sneezing. therefore causing a weakness that allows tissue to protrude with abdominal pressure. especially if they smoke and have a chronic cough. if the symptoms are tolerable and the bulge can be pushed back (reduced). This can usually be done through the laparoscope. Some surgeons choose to reinforce the area with steel mesh or wire. Straining to have a bowel movement or even to pass urine. If this is not an option. Most often this occurs when a muscle in the abdominal wall does not close as it should during fetal development. Recurrence . can cause enough pressure to produce this bulge in the groin as well What is the conventional treatment for an inguinal hernia? Although a hernia will not "repair" itself with rest. Anything that causes increased pressure on the abdominal wall can cause a herniation (bulging) through this weakness in the muscle. A belt can be worn for extra support to the area. a bowel resection will most likely be performed to remove the area of damaged intestine. which helps prevent recurrence. People who are overweight are much more likely to get an inguinal hernia. is minimally invasive and requires a relatively short recovery time when compared with open repair through an incision. This can be done laparoscopically or by an open incision in the abdominal wall. Although surgical interventions are highly successful. Weightlifters and people who do heavy lifting in their line of work are also at risk for inguinal hernias. Women who are pregnant are also at greater risk due to the abdominal pressure and weight gain associated with pregnancy. as in men with enlarged prostates. called hernioplasty.with inguinal hernias are boys. Laparoscopic surgery is typically done on an outpatient basis. the conventional treatment for an inguinal hernia is surgical repair. If the hernia has become incarcerated or strangulated. one may choose to simply avoid activities that aggravate it like heavy lifting or straining. there is no guarantee the hernia will not return. involves a telescope-like instrument that requires small abdominal incisions for the surgical instruments and the scope.

one simple adjunct that can help ensure a good outcome is vitamin C. Weil recommends triphala. The body uses a lot of vitamin C to make and repair connective tissue. If you have a chronic cough due to smoking. Exercise: If you need to lose weight. Because chronic pressure on a weakened abdominal wall is the primary cause of inguinal hernias. quit! Regarding surgical repair of a hernia. the best therapy for inguinal hernias is to avoid getting one in the first place. work on getting enough fiber. Also: Obviously. For constipation. You can try to convince your surgeon to mix vitamin C with the intravenous fluids you'll get in the operating room: ask for 20 grams of vitamin C in every 24-hour period. either in IV fluids or taken orally. Ask a physical therapist for guidance on exercises that fit your unique condition. or use antihistamines and other conventional medications to control symptoms if necessary. employ both prudent caloric intake (using the anti-inflammatory diet) and moderate physical exercise that does not place undue stress on the abdominal wall. What therapies does Dr. A low dose of magnesium glycinate may also be helpful for chronic constipation. drinking plenty of water. Dr. Weil recommend for an inguinal hernia? Dietary changes: If you battle with chronic constipation. A high intake . It helps to regulate bowel function and is available in capsule form at health food stores. you should do all you can to avoid risk factors that cause this. and if necessary using bulk-agents like Metamucil and Citrucel.rates are higher in those who have the procedure laparoscopically and those who do not get the steel mesh reinforcement. Supplements: Address allergies (to avoid chronic sneezing and coughing that can strain the abdominal wall) with natural agents like freeze-dried stinging nettles and quercetin. a mixture of three fruits from the Ayurvedic tradition of India.

reducing side effects and complications of surgery. Your surgeon may resist. use the 30c potency and take five tablets as directed every two to four hours as needed for the first 48 hours after surgery. and boosting self-confidence and self-control. a Chinese tonic mushroom. Dr. including high doses of fish oil. garlic. lessening stress and anxiety before and after procedures. Weil also suggests making a tape of healing statements to be played while you're under anesthesia and using guided imagery tapes both before and after surgery. reducing recovery time. a pineapple enzyme that can reduce swelling and bruising. The results will be worth especially blood thinners such as aspirin or other anticoagulant drugs. and vitamin E. strengthening the immune system. More than 200 studies have shown that guided imagery can make a huge difference to surgical patients by decreasing pain and the need for pain medication. Be sure that your anesthesiologist is aware of all supplements and drugs you are taking. Homeopathic arnica may help with pain. You may want to look into taking the "Prepare for Surgery" program by psychologist Peggy Huddleston or listening to affirming tapes made by psychotherapist Belleruth Naparstek and available via her website: www. improving sleep. you may also be able to shorten your recovery time after surgery for an inguinal hernia by taking cordyceps. take 200-400 mg three times a day on an empty stomach. If you can't do this. increase oral intake of vitamin C to 1.000 mg twice a day until and after surgery. but press your case. . along with bromelain.of C has been shown to help speed the healing of surgical wounds. Finally.healthjourneys. all of which have anticoagulant effects.