Treatment for Hernias
There are several types of hernias that occur within the internal part of the body which pushes through a weakness in a tissue wall or muscle and swelling appears.
The most common symptom of a hernia is a swelling that appears when you stand, cough or strain but recedes when you lie down. They can occur across the body but most often develop in the abdomen or groin.
Hernias develop when the abdominal wall wears down or tears through physical strain, injury, pregnancy or age. The muscles stretching from the chest to the top of the legs at the groin act as a protective corset for the intestines, which can bulge through when weak points occur.
Hernias may not be painful but they usually grow larger and get worse if untreated.
If you believe you may have a hernia it is best to seek medical advice.
How Does The Diagnosis Process Work?
Our clinicians are experts at detecting the form and advancement of any hernia and normally you would not need an X-ray or tests.
In a small number of cases where the symptoms are inconclusive, a Herniagram, which involves an injection in the abdominal cavity, will help your Consultant locate the hernia.
In other cases, an ultrasound, CT or MRI scan can be used but these are very rare as London Hernia Consultants are well versed at dealing with challenging diagnoses.
Most people with hernias have a common set of signs and symptoms.
You can visit our hernia types page for more information on diagnosis and treatments available at London Hernia.