Live with Less Pain and Greater Joy
Your body is full of complex systems, all working together. When there's a cog in the system, it can affect your health in a number of ways. Hernias occur when one of your organs or tissues — usually part of your stomach or an intestine — breaks through a weak spot in your abdominal wall. It’s a common and treatable condition, one that your expert team at AdventHealth will work to diagnose, manage, and repair quickly and with as little discomfort as possible. Hernia treatments may include simple lifestyle changes, medication, or surgery to repair the hernia. No matter what your diagnosis or what treatment option is right for you, our goal is to keep all your complex systems humming, so you can live a life of greater health and wellness.
Preventing and Treating Hernias
- Hernia Diagnosis
Hernias are generally easy to diagnose. Your physician will be able to feel and sometimes even see a bulge in your groin or abdomen. In some cases, we will need to use a combination of physical exams, X-rays, and ultrasound imaging to get to the root of the issue.
Before you develop a hernia, it’s important to learn whether you might be at risk. Some risk factors include smoking, excess weight, being an older male, or having a family history of hernias. Whatever your situation might be, we're ready to guide you away from discomfort and toward greater health and wellness.
- Learning More About The Causes of Hernias
Conventional wisdom used to be that hernias were caused by heavy lifting. The truth is, once your abdominal wall has been weakened, there are many activities that can cause a hernia, including lifting, coughing, straining, and even sneezing. We're here to help you understand your condition so you can feel more confident and in control as we provide the hernia treatments you need.
Different types of hernias — like hiatal, inguinal or umbilical hernias — occur in different areas of the body. The hallmark symptom of a hernia is a swelling or bulge in your abdomen or groin area, but your symptoms may vary and can include:
- Blood in Your Stool
- Discomfort When Lifting or Bending Over
- Heavy Feeling in Your Abdomen
- Swelling Under the Skin in Your Abdomen or Groin
- Upper Abdominal Pain
Hernias and their symptoms cause distress, especially at first, but learning more about your condition can help you approach your hernia diagnosis with positivity and confidence.
- Hernia Treatment Plans that Prioritize Your Needs and Concerns
The dedicated team of experts at AdventHealth will help you find the right hernia treatment plan to minimize your discomfort. Our experts will tailor your care plan based on your needs, concerns, and symptoms. Sometimes, monitoring and prevention is all that's needed.
Whether your personal plan involves dietary changes, medication, lifestyle adjustments, or surgery for a hernia, we’ll make sure you understand the reasons behind the care we're providing. You'll also have access to a team of dietitians, nutritionists, and spiritual-care providers, all of whom will help you make impactful changes that will improve your health and wellness long after you complete your treatment.