A hernia is the protrusion of an organ or tissue out of the body cavity in which it normally lies. By far the most common hernias develop in the abdomen, when a weakness in the abdominal wall evolves into a localized hole, or "defect", through which the protrusion occurs. These may present either with pain at the site, a visible or palpable lump, or in some cases by more vague symptoms resulting from pressure on an intraabdominal organ which has become "stuck" in the hernia. Fatty tissue usually enters a hernia first, but it may be followed by or accompanied by a segment of intestine or other intraabdominal organ.


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It is generally advisable to repair hernias in a timely fashion, in order to prevent complications which include intestinal blockage, gangrene, and death. Most hernias can be surgically repaired. Recovery rarely requires long-term changes in lifestyle

While surgery is the only way to correct a hernia, there are several alternatives that will alleviate the symptoms of a hernia. Direct manipulation, Herbal therapies both topical and oral, and Acupuncture have been used strenghten the abdominal wall and return organs to their rightful place.

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Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Impacts Future Prostate Surgery
... Specialists at the Glickman Urological Institute and the Minimally Invasive Surgery section of the Department of General Surgery advise that men who are considering laparoscopic hernia repair also sho...
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... Each year, while an estimated 5 million Americans develop hernias, only 700,000 have them surgically repaired. Most physicians believe people avoid treating their hernias because they fear painful su...
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Laparoscopic Surgery for Hernia Repair
... What is a hernia?A hernia occurs when the inside layers of the abdominal wall weaken then bulge or tear. The inner lining of the abdomen pushes through the weakened area to form a balloon-like sac. Th...
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