How Do I Know When It’s Time for Hernia Surgery?
When you look at your body in the mirror, does something seem a bit off? Or maybe you just feel different than you did before. It is important that you do not ignore those signs and you go to get checked out at the doctor to find out if there’s something going on in your body that you need to address.
Soreness or pain, a noticeable bulge, or even nausea or constipation can be telltale signs of a hernia, but how will you know when it’s time for surgery? And how will life go on if you need to have it repaired? Let’s dive in and get educated about life with a hernia and when you should experience life without one!
Do I Actually Have a Hernia?
The first part is confirming that you do, in fact, have a hernia. The most common sign of a hernia is a noticeable bulge in the abdominal area. It may only be visible when you strain your abdomen, lift something heavy, bend over, sneeze, or laugh. Though they don’t always hurt, a hernia may come with some pain and discomfort.
Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Moore is the smartest way to confirm that you do have a hernia. You will be able to tell him if you’ve experienced any pain or discomfort, and he will examine you and the common areas that hernias often form. This confirmation is crucial for your health so that the hernia can be repaired as quickly as possible if necessary.
Putting things off is never a good idea; it can allow the situation to escalate unnecessarily. In the case of hernia repair, ignoring the signs of a hernia and the need for surgery can mean that a simple surgery is now a major surgery. Over time, the hernia can grow to be larger in size, it can also cause the intestine to die due to a lack of blood supply, which can then cause other issues in the body. Don’t wait, don’t ignore your symptoms, and don’t just brush surgery off for a later date. Get it taken care of as quickly as you can, because that can also potentially mean a quicker recovery period.
Recovery & Life After Hernia Surgery
Though you may be scared or hesitant to undergo hernia repair surgery, it can really be a life-changing experience. Even if you never really noticed it before, you will be able to move more freely and participate in activities that you may have unintentionally sat out from before. And for those of you who did notice the hernia, you will be able to laugh, sneeze, and bend over without restraint and without the worry or pain that you previously experienced.
Committing to the recovery time and post-op instructions given by Dr. Patrick Moore will help your body recover quickly and fully, which will lead to a happier, healthier life!
For more information about hernia surgery, please contact Patrick Moore MD, FACS by calling 951-477-5700.