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What type of hernia is most common in females?

The hernia is one of those diseases many feel is distant from them, but when observed closely, you’ll find out it is very present in relatives and friends.

Society today is plagued with a hernia at different levels, women especially.

A hernia is simply when a part of your internal organism squeezes through a weak spot in the muscle wall. Although the muscle walls are usually strong enough a hernia can develop due to thinning in that an area causing weakness. It may cause a lot of abdominal and pelvic pain.
For women, the subject of hernia should be well versed to address as soon as the problem arises. Failure to do so can lead to life-threatening casualties.

Below listed are types of hernia present in women

Incisional Hernia
Surgeries performed in individuals may cause the sutured part to be weak sometimes. Thus, this can give way to a hernia at that point. It occurs when the tissue there’s is not completely healed from surgery and its pressure is applied. It is more common in obese and elder women.

Statistics show that about 33% of people that undergo abdominal surgery will experience it. If you feel any pain after a few weeks in surgery it is advisable to go check.

Umbilical Hernia
An umbilical hernia happens when the tissue mass that walls the abdomen region protrudes into the belly button area. It is common among pregnant women. This is due to the stretching they undergo during the pregnancy. Hence it is very frequent during the years of childbearing in women.

It is generally believed that there’s an increased chance of getting this hernia with age. This is probably because muscle tissue may become weak and also lose flexibility over time.

Inguinal Hernia
An inguinal hernia happens when the bladder or intestine moves into the inguinal region. It is not so common in women. Women diagnosed with this hernia seem to have been born with general weakness in that region. It is recorded that over 80% of groin hernia is inguinal.

Femoral Hernia
This hernia is particularly common in the upper thigh muscle, beneath the groin. It is unlike the other hernia, this being it can be hidden and the resurface when pushed. Patients with this hernia are seen to have difficulties and pains whenever they cough heavily.

Hiatal Hernia
Separating the chest and the stomach is the diaphragm. Food is transported through this layer into the stomach. Hiatal hernia is whenever there’s an opening in the diaphragm. This opening is called a hiatus. This allows for food and unwanted substances to go through.

It consists basically of two types, namely; sliding and paraesophageal. In sliding, the intrusion is done into the esophagus. While, in paraesophageal, the stomach and esophagus remain in their positions but a part of the stomach is stuffed in the hiatus. Sliding cases are more common than paraesophageal cases. With the latter being harder to detect.

The risk of this hernia is slightly increased in women as they age, particularly if they’re overweight.

Being conscious of one’s state with regards to hernia is the first step to a Health-is-wealth lifestyle. This can be achieved by a little more attention and details to women whenever there are disturbances in their groin area. Thankfully, a hernia can easily be treated when detected.

If you have noticed any pain in specific areas of your body and think you may have a hernia please do not hesitate to contact us!

Posted in: News on June 5, 2020.

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