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Why You Should Never Ignore Hernia Symptoms

Hernias usually start off small and have no symptoms, but with time many grow larger. Once you begin to have pain and discomfort, pay attention. Here are several reasons why you should never ignore hernia symptoms.

Don’t Mess With Herniasman with hernia pain

Don’t ignore them and definitely don’t underestimate them. Maybe you only notice them when you lift something heavy, strain during a bowel movement, or are engaging in physical activity. That doesn’t mean you can ignore a hernia because you are only affected occasionally by symptoms.

Over time your hernia can continue to grow larger and your symptoms will become more chronic. This can lead to severe complications if left untreated.

Intestinal Blockage

Intestinal blockage or obstruction may occur if the herniated bowel is blocked to a point where waste cannot pass. This is sometimes known as hernia incarceration.  This is a serious hernia complication and should be treated as soon as possible.

Symptoms of an intestinal blockage include the following:

  • Sudden and severe pain in the abdomen
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Painful lump in the groin
  • Constipation
  • Strangulation

A strangulated hernia causes blood flow to be compromised to a nearby organ or tissue leading to ischemia or cell death and gangrene. This is a life threatening situation and requires immediate surgery.

Symptoms of a strangulated hernia should not be ignored. They include some of the same symptoms as an incarcerated hernia, but in addition they include the following:

  • Fever
  • Sudden abdominal pain that grows worse
  • Bulge under the skin that turns purple, red, or dark
  • Bulge grows quickly and hardens
  • Inability to pass gas or stool despite having the urge

These symptoms can come on quite quickly, so call 911 or Dr. John Polhill immediately. In order to repair a strangulated hernia, the surgeon needs to remove the trapped tissue which often means removing part of the intestine.

All of this can be avoided if you don’t delay treatment of a hernia once you begin to have symptoms.

Contact Southern Surgical, P.C. for an evaluation if you are having any symptoms of a herniaOur board-certified hernia specialist is highly trained and has extensive experience diagnosing and treating hernias. Call (478) 275-2454 to schedule an appointment at our office in Dublin, GA today!

Recognizing a Gallbladder Attack

We’ve all experienced stomach pain, heartburn, and bad back pain after over-indulging in unhealthy, greasy foods.

Most of the time, this pain passes once the food has time to settle. But some people become so concerned about their symptoms that they end up going to the ER. More often than not, the diagnosis is a gallbladder attack.

So what causes a gallbladder attack?

woman with stomach pain

Having an unhealthy gallbladder from poor food choices can restrict the organ’s ability to aid in the digestive process. This can cause gallstones to form and block the bile duct, which leads to a painful inflammation from bile buildup. Because the symptoms can be mistaken for other medical conditions, such as a heart attack, it’s important to recognize the symptoms of a gallbladder attack so you know the proper measures to take.

Recognizing the symptoms of a gallbladder attack

The symptoms of a gallbladder attack are similar to other digestive conditions, but the location and severity of the symptoms are what signal a gallbladder attack:

  • Belly Pain. Belly pain that begins in the upper right portion of the stomach under the ribs is one of the most common symptoms of a gallbladder attack. The pain can be dull, sharp, or cause cramping.
  • Indigestion. Most people suffering from a gallbladder attack often complain about nausea, gas, belching, and bloating, but it might be difficult to distinguish those symptoms. Gallbladder attacks can also cause a pain that radiates to the upper back and behind the breastbone, similar to a heart attack.
  • Loss of appetite. As gallstone pain worsens, most people lose their appetite. Nausea and heartburn following meals might also cause a person to avoid eating altogether.
  • Jaundice. The bile duct being blocked will cause bile to get trapped in your bloodstream, which can lead to your skin turning a yellowish hue.
  • Changes in urine color. If bile pigment forms in the gallbladder, it can cause urine to turn a dark brown or bright yellow color.

What happens if I have gallbladder disease?

Gallbladder disease is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention. If you experience any of the symptoms above, it’s important to consult a physician. They might suggest gallbladder removal if your condition is serious enough.

The physicians at Southern Surgical, P.C. will provide you with the proper treatment if you believe you’re suffering from gallbladder disease.

Call (478) 275-2454 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Polhill today.

The Difference Between Laparoscopic and Robotic Hernia Surgery Repair

Although they may be a common health issue, hernias can be painful and cause disruption to your daily life. Because of that, people will often quickly seek treatment, often in the form of either laparoscopic or robotic hernia repair. But what exactly are the differences between the two?

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