Hernia Symptoms – When Should You Be Worried?

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My name is Buck Parker. I am a board certified general surgeon and in this video, we’re gonna talk about hernia symptoms. A lot of people have hernias. It’s very, very common to have hernias. If you don’t know what a hernia is, you can go to my other videos, check out what a definition of hernia is, and what types of hernias there are. There’s a ton of them.

There’s umbilical, there’s inguinal, there’s hiatal, there’s incisional, there’s epigastric. There’s all sorts of hernias, so check those out if you wanna know about a specific hernia. This one, we’re gonna talk about just the symptoms.

Basically, the quick and dirty on a hernia is that it is a hole, or an abnormal hole, in the say, abdominal wall or the diaphragm or something like that.

Typically, when people are talking about what are the symptoms of a hernia, they mean umbilical or abdominal or inguinal or groin hernia. I’m gonna tailor this video to that one. If you have a specific other hernia, see my videos for that.

Basically, when you have a hole in that abdominal wall or the groin, you will have swelling and a little bit of pain. Now, you generally do not have fevers and chills and nausea and vomiting if it’s a small hernia. It may be just some achy discomfort in say, if it’s the groin, maybe your right groin because you have a right-sided inguinal hernia. That may be more when you’re standing up and less when you’re laying down. That’s because gravity takes our bowels and everything that’s in our belly and stuffs it down into the groin – we’re talking about groin hernia now. It stuffs it down into the groin and puts pressure on those tissues there. There are a couple of nerves that run through that area, the inguinal area, so if you’re putting lots of pressure, abnormally, and stretching everything out there, then you may be putting abnormal pressure on those nerves, causing that pain too.

The interesting thing about the inguinal hernia, and actually, incisional or umbilical hernias is when you lay flat, the symptoms typically go away or are at least improved a little bit because you change the gravity. Now when you’re laying flat, the bowels want to go towards your back. They’re not being stuffed down into the groin or up into the umbilical area.

That’s pretty much the symptoms of a simple hernia without any complications.

When you have a larger hernia or a hernia which has some abdominal contents in it, like small bowel or colon or omentum, which is the fat in the belly, then you can have different symptoms. If the small bowel gets caught in there and it’s a very tight hole, then nothing can pass through. Now these type of symptoms, you may get nauseous, you may have vomiting. You may have some fever and chills and feeling really bad, some bloating and pain. So that’s a little bit different than the simple kind of hernia.

Now these type of symptoms are actually a little bit more emergent. You should probably go into the emergency department right away if not see your doctor right away.

Bowel obstruction can be a serious thing. You may need surgery for that, so you wanna go in as soon as possible. That typically comes with a lot more swelling, and you’ll feel a lot worse. So you definitely wanna go in for that. If you do get a lot of swelling, say, in the groin and you are nauseous and vomiting, you should lay flat. Lay down flat and see if you can push that back in. Sometimes it’s super easy to push back in. Sometimes they’re really, really painful. If they’re really, really painful and you don’t wanna touch it, you need to immediately go to the emergency department to have somebody evaluate you to see if you need surgery to fix that hernia and that bowel obstruction.

Lastly, if those bowels are caught in the hernia and they start to die, you may get fevers and chills and feel horrible flu-type symptoms. If you get to that point, you really need to go to the emergency department really quick because you don’t have a lot of time. You need to, probably, get that surgery as soon as you can.

That’s pretty much the rundown of symptoms of a hernia. I hope that helped you guys. If it did, that’s awesome. Please like the video, maybe share it, and if you can, subscribe to my channel. That would be sweet too. I’ll see you in the next one. Take care.

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