Lower Abdominal Pain may be an Inguinal Hernia
Does coughing, lifting objects, sneezing, or doing other ordinary things that affect the lower abdominal region causes pain? Can you feel a bulge in the lower stomach region? After resting those muscles, does the pain come back? If you answer, “Yes,” you might have an inguinal hernia. A hernia is a hole in your muscles.
The hole can open up for several reasons, including sudden twists, turns or moves (such as when playing sports), chronic coughing, constipation or straining bowels, and straining to urinate. For these reasons, anyone whether athletic or not, can be diagnosed with an inguinal hernia.
Inguinal hernias will not heal in time, and surgery is the best treatment option. And, the quality of the surgical repair has everything to do with the experience of your surgeon. Recently, Dr. William Brown saw a young patient and recommended non-mesh repair.…
Do All Hernias Have to be Repaired?
Once you’re diagnosed with a hernia – be it an indirect inguinal hernia, direct inguinal hernia and/or femoral hernia – the next question is does it have to be repaired, and if so, how soon? If you’ve been living with a hernia for long, then you may have increased your pain tolerance to a point where the hernia doesn’t appear to have a negative effect on your life. Some hernias simply don’t cause much discomfort. And, there’s the recovery period post-hernia repair to consider and plan for, which can make you want to put off repairing your hernia.
Relieving significant pain that stops you from living daily life as usual is the top reason to repair a hernia, but there are several other reasons that cause people with hernias to have them repaired sooner versus later. If you’re on your feet for long…
Hey Dr. Brown,
I just wanted to say thank you for everything you’ve done thus far and the care you’ve put into my recovery.
I was living with pain for 4 years and after seeing countless doctors, you were the only one who could diagnose me properly — so I’m very thankful that I found you. I’ll continue to keep you updated about my progress.
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
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While Dr. William Brown can repair hernias, he’d prefer people do what they can to prevent them. Often, unless you’re avoiding a hernia from recurring, you don’t think much about what you can do to prevent an inguinal hernia. Luckily, much of the advice is common sense and easy to follow. Chances are that you’re already doing much of what you can.
This isn’t the 1950s anymore. We know smoking causes death from serious problems with your cardiac and respiratory systems. But smoking also attacks collagen, making you look older than you really are and weakens your muscles that depend on collagen to remain strong. Weak collagen leaves you vulnerable to an inguinal hernia because your muscles tear more easily if you’re a smoker.
You are amazing. Thank you.
After your surgery I went on to break the record for goals at West Valley Community College, then transferred to play D1 at Cal Poly SLO where I unfortunately tore my ACL. Now going on Physical Therapy School. Hopefully through the military.
Thanks for everything.
Four Things You Should Know About the Shouldice Hernia Repair Technique
If you are researching hernia repair techniques, chances are that you’ve come across the Shouldice technique. No wonder since it’s considered an excellent hernia repair method due to it putting minimal tension on the repair, which leads to less post-operative pain and easier recovery, it has a low hernia recurrence rate, it has a low infection rate, and its results are equal to or better than using mesh.
That just scratches the surface of this popular hernia repair method. Here are four more things you should know about the Shouldice hernia repair technique.
1. How it’s performed.
The Shouldice hernia repair involves using a running permanent suture to first plicate and strengthen the inguinal floor. Then a second running suture is used to plicate the oblique muscles, creating a four-layer hernia repair.
2. Who invented it.
Dr. Edward Shouldice,…