• When to see a doctor for a hernia

    A hernia is a structural abnormality that occurs when a body part protrudes through the surrounding tissue. For example, a hiatal hernia occurs when a portion of the stomach pushes up into the chest. Hernias can occur in other parts of the body, such as the thigh or groin. If you have been diagnosed with a hernia or you have been experiencing troublesome symptoms, you can count on the surgery team at MountainView Hospital.

    When to consult your doctor about a hernia

    As a general rule of thumb, patients should always feel free to consult their doctors if any abnormal symptoms develop. When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear a general surgeon at MountainView Hospital explain what you can expect during a consultation regarding hernias.

    You can consult your doctor if you experience any potential signs of a hernia. You may notice a bulge or lump under the skin, which you might be able to gently massage back in place. Other signs and symptoms can vary depending on the hernia’s location.

    • Pain or discomfort in the area

    • Pain that worsens with activity like lifting heavy objects

    • Heartburn

    • Chest pain

    • Difficulty swallowing

    • Enlarged scrotum in men and boys

    • Pulling sensation that affects the groin

    Lifestyle changes may help relieve symptoms in some cases, but surgery is the only way to fix the underlying problem. You might not need surgery right away if your symptoms are not severe.

    When to seek emergency care for a hernia

    If the pain worsens or complications develop, you might need surgery right away. It’s possible for a hernia to grow larger, get stuck in the hole it is protruding through, and cut off the blood supply. Doctors call this strangulation.

    Strangulation of a hernia requires emergency surgery . It may be indicated by these symptoms:

    • Failure to have bowel movements

    • Nausea and vomiting

    • Worsening pain and swelling at the affected area

    MountainView Hospital is committed to maintaining the highest standards of surgical excellence. Our hospital in Las Vegas offers patient-centered, compassionate emergency care and robotic surgery within a supportive setting. Call 911 for emergency care or call a registered nurse at (702) 962-5021 for general healthcare information.

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