Hernia repair is surgery to correct a hernia. A hernia is an abnormal bulging of internal organs, often the intestine, through a weakness in a muscular wall.
This article focuses on surgery to repair a hernia. For information on a specific type of hernia see:
Before surgery, you will be given a sedative to make you drowsy. A local or spinal numbing medicine (anesthesia) will be used so you do not feel pain during the procedure. In some cases, the procedure is done while you are under general anesthesia (unconscious and pain-free).
The surgeon makes a cut over the area of the hernia. The bulging tissue or organ is placed back inside the muscle wall, the muscle tissue is repaired, and the skin is closed. In many inguinal hernia repairs, a small piece of ...
About a month ago, an adult family member told me he was experiencing severe acid reflux symptoms for the first time in his life. After a visit to his family doctor and a barium x-ray at his local hospital, it was determined the cause of his reflux symptoms was a hiatal hernia. For those of you who may also be experiencing acid reflux symptoms due to a hiatal hernia, the following are some fast facts to help you to begin to understand the issues.
What is a hiatal hernia?
A hernia occurs when one part of the body protrudes through a gap or opening into another part. A hiatal hernia is located at the opening of the diaphragm where the esophagus joins the stomach. Part of the stomach pushes through, causing a hiatal hernia.
What are the symptoms?
If you have a small hiatal hernia, you may not even know it, and you may not have any symptoms. However, a large hiatal hernia can allow food and acid to back up into you esophagus, leading to heartburn and chest pain. You may al...
There are both surgical and non-surgical alternatives to ankle replacement surgery . First line treatments for arthritis of the ankle are non-surgical methods. Several of the non-surgical methods provide relief because they limit motion, thus decreasing the irritation of the arthritic joint. One such method is the use of shoe inserts (orthotics) , such as pads and arch supports. The use of an ankle brace or a cane can also help to take pressure and stress off the arthritic joint. An ankle-foot orthrosis (AFO), or a custom-made shoe with a stiff sole and a rocker bottom, can also work by decreasing motion thru the ankle joint. And, although scientific evidence is controversial, the use of certain nutritional supplements, such as glucosamine and chondroiton , might help decrease your pain. Direct injection of medication into the arthritic joint can give up to several months of pain relief. It is important to note that weight control is also an important method of decreasing the stress on...
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