Epigastric Hernia Treatment in Dublin, GA
Much like umbilical hernias, epigastric hernias tend to be present at the time of birth. While an umbilical hernia usually occurs around the belly button, an epigastric hernia forms anywhere above the belly button and the chest.
Epigastric Hernia Treatment With Dr. Polhill
Dr. John Polhill specializes in providing hernia treatment for men and women in Dublin, GA. Dr. Polhill is board certified, expertly trained, and has over 15 years of experience caring for his patients. Learn more about epigastric hernia and your available treatment options, and schedule your appointment today!
What Are the Symptoms of Epigastric Hernia?
Most epigastric hernias are diagnosed in adults, despite it being an issue typically formed in childhood. Most of the time, the issue is small enough that only the abdominal lining pushes through the muscle wall. Common symptoms of an epigastric hernia include:
- A bulge in the abdomen between the belly button and chest.
- Discomfort when bending or lifting.
- Abdominal pain.
- Discoloration above the bulge. Most often a black and blue appearance.
Occasionally, an epigastric hernia may cause tissue to become stuck in the “out” position. This can cause the tissue to become strangulated and lose blood supply to that area. This is considered an emergency and should be treated immediately.
What Causes Epigastric Hernias?
An epigastric hernia is most often caused by an inborn defect in the connective muscular tissue in the abdomen. This causes this area to be weaker and more prone to tears. Other possible causes include:
- Lifting items that are too heavy
- Straining when coughing or having a bowel movement.
Treatment for Epigastric Hernias
In children, an epigastric hernia will not heal by itself and will require surgery in order to be fixed. If John Polhill, MD believes that the hernia is unlikely to become an emergency, surgery can be delayed until the child is older.
In adults, the issue may not have become apparent to the patient until later in life since the condition has the potential to worsen over time. Surgical repair only becomes necessary when the issue is causing pain or could potentially become strangulated.
During the surgery, the surgeon will make an incision in the stomach area near the hernia and put the protruding tissue back into place. Then the hole in the muscle tissue will be sewn back together and may be reinforced with a mesh material.
The patient’s activity will be limited for the first two weeks following the surgery, but full activity can typically resume after about a month and a half.
Schedule an Appointment for Epigastric Hernia Treatment
If you are suffering from symptoms of an epigastric hernia, Dr. Polhill is here to help! He will take the time to provide a comprehensive diagnosis to determine the best treatment option for you. For a consultation about having an epigastric hernia repaired, contact Southern Surgical, P.C. today by calling (478) 275-2454.