Hernia: Symptoms and Signs

About one million hernia repairs are performed in the United States each year.

A hernia is a common medical condition that can affect men, women, and children. It occurs when an internal organ or other body part protrudes through a weak spot in a muscle or tissue.

What causes it?
There are different possible causes of hernia. Cases of inguinal and femoral hernias are often associated with aging, repeated strains on the abdominal and groin areas, and birth conditions that cause muscles to weaken.

An umbilical hernia can result from giving birth, being overweight, chronic cough, and other situations or conditions that cause constant strain on the abdominal area.

The cause of hiatal hernia is not fully understood, but its occurrence is believed to be due to the weakening of the diaphragm or strain on the abdominal area.

What are the signs and symptoms of a hernia?
The signs and symptoms of a hernia can vary, depending on the type.

A hernia in the groin or abdominal area can result in a noticeable lump or bulge. This lump can disappear when laying down. This lump can also be pushed back in but it may reappear when straining, coughing, laughing, or crying.

Aside from the prominent lump, a hernia in the groin or abdominal area may also cause an increase in pain at the site of the bulge, pain while lifting, dull aching sensation, and a sensation of being full or signs and sensation of a bowel obstruction.

Unlike groin or abdominal hernias, Hiatal hernias don’t cause obvious bulges or lumps. Instead, one may have heartburn, difficulty swallowing, chest pain, indigestion, and frequent regurgitation.

Hernia Repair at Premier Surgical Associates
Our surgeons at Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville and Cleveland, TN, repair all types of hernias – from simple to complex (such as a recurring case) hernias. We perform both laparoscopic and open hernia repair.

Your surgeon will discuss with you the most appropriate hernia repair method for you. To request an appointment with a Premier Surgical physician at any of our Knoxville offices or in Cleveland, TN, please visit https://www.premiersurgical.com/request-appointment/.