Fairview Ridges Hospital hernia abdominal pain not going away

Could it be a hernia?

If you experience abdominal pain when lifting, coughing, urinating or during other activities, you may have a hernia.

A hernia is a weakness in the wall of the abdomen that allows its contents to push outward, potentially causing a bulge under the skin. Pain can either be dull or sharp and may radiate into the hip, back and legs, and may subside when you lie down or rest.

The type of hernia you have depends on its location. Most hernias form in the groin at or near what is known as the internal ring. This is the entrance to a canal between the abdomen and groin. Hernias can also occur in the abdomen, thigh, or genitals.

Incisional hernia – occurs at the site of a previous surgical incision
Umbilical hernia – occurs at the navel
Indirect inguinal hernia – occurs in the groin at the internal ring
Direct inguinal hernia – occurs in the groin near the internal ring
Femoral hernia – occurs just below the groin
Epigastric hernia – occurs in the upper abdomen at the midline

Surgery: The Best Treatment
A hernia will not heal on its own. Surgery is needed to repair the defect in the abdominal wall. If not treated, a hernia can get larger. It can also lead to serious medical complications. The good news is that hernia surgery can be done quickly and safely, and in most cases, you can go home the same day as your surgery.
Find out for sure
The surgeons at Surgical Consultants specialize in diagnosing and treating hernias with minimal pain and a speedy recovery. If your pain is indeed the result of a hernia, our team of experts will listen to your concerns, offer advice and recommend the best treatment. You don’t have to live with the pain. Get treatment and get back to the activities you enjoy as quickly as possible.  
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