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What is a hernia?

A hernia may develop when an organ or fatty tissue is squeezed via a weak spot in a muscle or connective tissue known as the fascia. The common types of hernias are:

  • Inguinal (inner groin): The intestine or bladder bulges out via the abdominal wall or into the inguinal canal in the groin area. Of all groin hernias, 96% are inguinal and occur commonly amongst men since the groin region is naturally a sensitive and weak part of the male body.
  • Incisional (resulting from an incision): The intestine pushes through the abdominal wall at the site of the abdominal surgery done priorly. Incisional hernias are most common in overweight or older adults who are not active after abdominal surgery.
  • Femoral (outer groin): When the intestine enters the canal carrying the femoral artery into the upper thigh, the femoral hernia may develop. These are most common in pregnant or obese women.
  • Umbilical (belly button): An umbilical hernia might develop as a portion of the small intestine passes through the abdominal wall near the navel. It is most common in newborns. However, it may also affect obese women or children.
  • Hiatal (upper stomach): When the upper stomach squeezes through the hiatus, the diaphragm opens via which the esophagus passes, thus developing a hiatal hernia.


What causes Hernias?


All hernias are caused by pressure applied to an opening or a weak muscle or fascia. The applied pressure pushes an organ or tissue through the opening. Often, the weakness of muscles is a congenital issue. However, a muscle may become weak later in life due to some accident. Any activity that puts your body through excessive pressure in the abdomen region can cause a hernia, and these activities may be:

  • Lifting of heavy objects without proper stabilization of the abdominal muscles.
  • Persistent coughing or sneezing.
  • Diarrhea, or constipation.
  • Obesity, poor nutrition, or smoking can weaken muscles and make them more prone to hernias.


Symptoms of a Hernia


The most significant hernia symptom is a bulge or lump in the affected area. For instance, in the case of an inguinal hernia, the patient may notice a bump on either side of the pubic bone where the groin and thigh meet. It may seem like the swelling disappears when the patient lays down. One is most likely to feel the hernia through touch while standing up, bending down, or coughing. One may feel discomfort or pain in the area around the lump.


Hiatal hernias can have more specific symptoms. These symptoms include heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and excessive pain in the chest. Interestingly, most hernias are not identifiable at first glance since they are asymptomatic. One may not know they have a hernia unless it shows up while getting a routine medical check-up done.



How is a Hernia detected?


To diagnose the condition, the doctor will first perform a physical examination. The doctor may physically feel the bulge in the abdominal or groin area, which gets larger when the patient stands, strains, or coughs. The doctor also takes the medical history of the patient into account. The physician may also ask certain questions regarding-

  • The first appearance of the bulge.
  • Symptoms experienced.
  • If there was any specific incident that triggered the pain and discomfort.
  • Certain lifestyle and habit-related questions.
  • Whether or not somebody in the family has had hernias.
  • Whether or not the patient has undergone surgery in the abdominal or groin area.

Imaging tests are done to aid the diagnosis. Imaging tests include:

  • Abdominal ultrasound: High-frequency sound waves are used to create images of the internal organs.
  • Abdominal CT scan: A combination of X-rays and computer technology is used to better understand the body's insides.
  • Abdominal MRI scan: A combination of radio waves and strong magnets creates a clear picture.

For hiatal hernia diagnosis, the doctor may use other tests that let the physician assess the inside of the stomach. These tests may be:

  • Digestive tract X-rays: For this x-ray, the patient may be asked to drink liquid barium solution or any other liquid containing diatrizoate meglumine/diatrizoate sodium (Gastrografin). These liquids help the digestive tract appear highlighted in the X-ray images.
  • Endoscopy: In an endoscopy, a small camera is attached to a tube and dropped down the throat and into the esophagus and stomach of the patient.


How to treat Hernia?


The only way to adequately treat a hernia is through surgery. Whether or not one needs surgery depends on the size of the hernia and the severity of the symptoms. The doctor may also want to monitor the hernia for possible complications, known as "watchful waiting." Often, wearing a hernia truss may help ease hernia symptoms. A hernia truss or belt is an undergarment for men fashioned to keep the jutting tissues in place and relieve the discomfort. For patients with an inguinal hernia, a hernia belt can temporarily make them feel more comfortable, but it doesn't treat the hernia. The truss helps hold the hernia in place. The doctor will ensure that a truss fits properly before using it.

Shop Ostomy Supplies offers a wide range of hernia support belts, briefs, girdles, and more for exceptional abdominal support and relief from inguinal hernias by providing focused compression on the hernia. We have several ostomy hernia support belts, hernia girdle supports, and support briefs from various manufacturers, such as BSN Medical, 3M, and FLA, to name a few.


Best Hernia Support Garments


Hernia underwear is designed to provide relief from scrotal, inguinal, or groin hernias. The Ostomy support garment for hernia gives support across the entire lower abdomen. Hernia underwear, available at Shop Ostomy Supplies, is easy and comfortable to wear and offers compression to the affected site.

Hernia Trusses

These offer support for inguinal hernia wherein the tissue protrudes through a weak point or tears within the abdominal muscles. Mens' hernia support truss helps keep protruding tissue in place and relieves discomfort when bending over, coughing, or lifting heavy objects. Trusses offer temporary relief from pain. You can choose from maximum to mild support and padding for single or double hernias available with us.

Hernia Binders

Like hernia belts, hernia binders also support inguinal hernias, abdominal hernias, and umbilical hernias. Hernia binders offer a custom fit using strong and flexible wraps that snugly fit the abdomen. Binders can also support tender incision sites, aiding recovery and pain relief after surgery.


Frequently Asked Questions about Stomach Support for Hernia


1. Do belly bands help with hernias?

Belly bands offer coverage and cuing to the core area and help with round ligament pain, spd, and pelvic pressure. These are also helpful in reducing hernia-related pain and swelling.

2. Can you sleep with a hernia belt on?

Your doctor may ask you to wear an abdominal binder as much as possible for the first few weeks, including at night. Most patients admit that sleeping with hernia stomach support reduces pain and offers added comfort at night.

3. Is sitting bad for a hernia?

Certain physical activities may aggravate hernia symptoms. These physical activities include standing or sitting for a prolonged period, coughing, sneezing, laughing, sexual intercourse, getting in or out of a vehicle or bed, bending forward, or crossing legs.

4. How do you wear an umbilical hernia belt?

  • Place the pad inside the hernia support belt where the hernia has developed.
  • Wrap the hernia band around the body and secure the fastener.
  • Adjust the pad's position as required; the pad should put pressure directly on your hernia.

5. How long does it take for the hernia mesh to heal?

Most patients are discharged the same day after hernia mesh surgery. However, complete recovery may take approximately four to six weeks. The patient must not go back to their regular lifestyle immediately after surgery. They should only do the necessary chores and steadily get back to the normal schedule, i.e., light activity after a couple of weeks and heavy activity after the completion of six weeks.


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