A hernia is a condition in which part of the large intestine escapes through a weakness in the abdominal wall. Most of the time this condition is not an emergency, but hernias should be treated as soon as they appear. This article outlines a few of the treatment options available to most hernia sufferers. For our purposes we will be focusing on the most common type of hernia, the inguinal (groin) hernia.
Assess the severity of the hernia. If your hernia is painful, tender to the touch and cannot be reduced (pushed back in) you should visit the emergency room, preferably within six hours of onset. If your hernia can be pushed back in, this is not an emergency.
To reduce (push in) the hernia and temporarily alleviate the discomfort, it is recommended you lie flat on your back. Choose a flat, solid surface, such as the floor. Relax. Breathe slowly. If the hernia does not reduce by itself, gently coax it back in with your fingers. The hernia should mostly or completely retract. Relax a while longer and take it easy today.
Get a doctor referral to see a surgeon who will discuss the option of repairing your hernia. Hernia surgery involves sewing up the abdominal wall so that the intestine is held securely where it belongs. Some hernias cannot be operated on, so other treatments might be necessary.
If your hernia cannot be operated on, consider purchasing a truss or hernia belt, which can be worn under the clothes to keep the hernia inside your abdominal wall. This is a good investment, as an untreated hernia can worsen over time, increasing the chances of incarceration or strangulation.
Consult a naturopathic physician. He or she can discuss relaxation, meditation, and low-impact exercise programs that can reduce the chances of your hernia becoming worse. In some cases, a naturopathic solution can make the hernia go away.