The Dangers Of Hernias And Bowel Obstructions

Category: Hernia

An untreated hernia can cause all types of serious issues if it grows too large. The dangers of hernias and bowel obstructions is but one of these co-occurring disorders which can lead to serious medical complications.

Why Treat A Hernia

A hernia develops when a part of the intestine pinches through a weak spot of the abdominal wall. Anything that puts pressure on the abdomen can lead to a hernia. People who typically lift heavy objects as part of their employment, those who strain during bowel movements, have chronic constipation, cough persistently, or sneeze can all develop a hernia.

Poor nutrition and obesity can be added causes.

patient experiencing abdominal and pelvic pain at doctor appointment

When a hernia is not treated, it can develop into a small bowel obstruction. Common types of hernias that cause bowel obstructions can include inguinal, femoral, and incisional. Hiatal hernias can cause an obstruction, but it is usually located in the upper digestive system. Hernias are the second most common cause of small bowel obstruction in the U.S.

When an obstruction occurs, the intestine is cut off from its blood supply and it becomes more difficult for you to pass digestive materials through the large intestine leading to many kinds of serious problems. Waste matter and gases build up near the blockage and interfere with the absorption of nutrients and fluids.

It is essential that you seek immediate medical attention if you believe you may have a bowel obstruction.

Symptoms Of A Bowel Obstruction

Although symptoms of bowel obstruction can occur slowly over time, it is possible for them to appear suddenly.

Some typical symptoms include the following:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps and pain
  • Severe constipation- unable to pass feces or even gas
  • Bloating
  • Dehydration
  • No appetite

This is a serious medical emergency and there should be no delay in seeking treatment. A two part treatment will include repairing the obstruction followed by hernia repair surgery.

Contact Digestive Health Services at (630) 434-9312 if you have a hernia that needs repair, or if you are experiencing any of the serious symptoms of bowel obstruction.

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