Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Surgery soon...and some info.

I got out of the doctors office today and was told I have to have Umbilical hernia surgery. It's a fairly common procedure. I am however nervous about being put under. This will be my first ever surgery in this lifetime. Do yourselves a favor, If you have a hernia don't Google images of hernias and their surgeries because you'll freak yourself out and worry more than normal. Trust me!  

I used the interwebz to search for some facts about hernias in general  and here's what I found
(I am not a doctor of any kind. Information provided here is for entertainment purposes)

A hernia occurs when the contents of a body cavity bulge out of the area where they are normally contained. These contents, usually portions of intestine or abdominal fatty tissue, are enclosed in the thin membrane that naturally lines the inside of the cavity.

signs and symptoms of a hernia can range from noticing a painless lump to the severely painful, tender, swollen protrusion of tissue that you are unable to push back into the abdomen.

Any condition that increases the pressure of the abdominal cavity may contribute to the formation or worsening of a hernia. 

    • obesity 
    • heavy lifting,
    • coughing,straining during a bowel movement or urination,
    • chronic lung disease, and fluid in the abdominal cavity.
    • A family history of hernias can make you more likely to develop a hernia.
    According to the National Center for health Statistics,some 5 Million Americans have a hernia. Yet, only about 750,000 Americans seek Treatment each year.

    If you or a loved one suspect they have a hernia seek medical attention. If left untreated hernias can worsen and become more dangerous .

    For more detailed information on Hernias and other medical conditions check out the links page on this Blog.

    1 comment:

    1. You will be fine and get through it :) It is always scary going into surgery but just remember lots of people get this and it is common! Stay strong!