The soft tissues in our body can occasionally cause major problems, and one of the most common issues in this realm is a hernia. A hernia in the abdomen involves the abdominal wall weakening or breaking, allowing the abdomen and its contents to push forward into unhealthy areas of the body.
Hernias nearly always require surgery, and at Davis Surgical Associates medical spa, we employ experienced surgeons familiar with all types and details surrounding hernias. What causes hernias, though, and what might put you at risk? Let’s find out.
Hernias in various areas of the body are caused by weakness in muscles or connective tissues, combined with pressure on those areas from organs in the body. This weakness is generally caused by an enzyme imbalance that develops over time – these enzymes normally control the body’s natural cycle of building up and breaking down muscles and tissue, but as they become faulty, weak spots can develop.
From there, anything that increases pressure onto those weak spots – coughing, heavy lifting, vomiting, etc. – can create a hernia. The extra pressure forces tissues or even sometimes parts of organs through the weak spot, often creating a noticeable bulge and leading to several potentially serious complications.
Categories of Hernias
There are many types of hernias throughout the body, and they’re general classified into two broad categories:
- Congenital: Hernias present at birth. They often aren’t diagnosed right away, and hernias later in life might be a cause of an undetected weakness at birth.
- Acquired: Hernias which develop any time after birth.
Hernias can happen in tissues all over the body, but they’re by far the most common in the abdominal wall and the stomach. The abdominal wall runs from the ribs to the groin, and the groin is generally the weakest area – and therefore the most likely area for a hernia to develop.
Hernia Risk Factors
A hernia can happen to anyone, including before birth, but some of the factors that might increase risk of an acquired hernia include:
- Gender: Males are at higher risk due to natural weakness in the groin
- Age: People over 35 are at higher risk
- Genetic weakness in abdomen or other tissues
- Chronic cough or constipation (both require strain on abdomen tissues)
- Frequent heavy lifting
- Smoking: Limits enzyme production
- Injury or accident that tears tissue
Davis Surgical Associates is a trusted outlet for those in need of hernia surgery around Utah. Our expert staff is standing by to answer any questions you may have about this or any of our varicose vein treatments, spider vein treatments or other medical spa services.