Hernias can not only be painful, but life-threatening when left untreated. Because the symptoms of hernias start out subtle in many cases, listening to your body is key in seeking early diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Randy Karu offers proactive treatment of hernias to ensure your safety and comfort and reduce the risk of serious complications. If you’re exhibiting signs and symptoms of a hernia, contact Dr. Karu’s Pomona, California, clinic, for a thorough examination and treatment plan.
A hernia occurs when a tissue or organ protrudes through an abnormal opening somewhere in the body. The most common hernias occur when the intestine slips through a weak abdominal wall, but hernias can also develop in the groin, near the naval, or through a surgical incision.
Men are at highest risk of hernias in the groin, while women are higher risk of hernias near the upper thigh. Some children are born with hernias requiring repair.
In most cases, you can see and feel a hernia. Hernias usually look like a lump or bulge somewhere near the groin or abdomen. These protrusions might disappear when you push on them or lie down. In addition, most patients notice a dull ache that becomes worse with physical activity.
Hernias can result from a variety of factors, including:
If you have signs and symptoms of a hernia, it’s important to seek medical attention. While some hernias may not require surgical repair, only a doctor can evaluate your condition and recommend a safe treatment. Hernias generally don’t resolve on their own and pain can worsen over time.
There are a few measures you can take to ease your discomfort while you wait for treatment:
The only way to correct a hernia is through surgery. Dr. Karu can determine the best treatment plan for you, so scheduling an appointment to discuss your symptoms is an important first step.
Untreated hernias can put you at risk of serious complications. Hernias become larger when left untreated and can become strangulated, putting the patient at risk of a ruptured intestine. For this reason, it’s critical to seek a medical evaluation.