1. About Epigastric hernia

Epigastric hernia is a condition characterized by the perforation of your abdominal muscles by the abdominal tissue. It affects the area of your upper abdomen. That’s the area between the breastbone and the tummy button. The above area is also called “epigastrium” which gives the name of “Epigastric hernia “.

Babies may encounter it at birth. In most of the cases, it heals itself as the abdominal muscles strengthen with time. This type of hernia is usually easily solvable. It can rarely become severe. You know when you are dealing with a severe hernia if one or more
abdominal organs penetrate your abdominal muscles. Epigastric hernia in adults doesn’t heal by itself and surgery is required.

What causes this type of hernia? It’s normally caused by weak abdominal muscles. The area affected is between your navel and breastbone. Your navel is your tummy button and your breastbone is also called “sternum”.

2. Symptoms

The most obvious symptom is the apparition of an external bulge which is most of the time made out of fat tissue. The bulge is formed after the upper abdominal muscles are perforated by the fat tissue.

When people gain weight, fat gathers in the same area. Please don’t confuse it with the Epigastric hernia. The accumulation of fat because of getting fatter is a natural and normal process.

Many times Epigastric hernia comes with no symptoms. You may just feel pain in the upper belly. Talk with your doctor about your upper belly pains because you may have to
use surgery to repair the tissue.

3. Risk factors

There are factors that might increase the chances of having Epigastric hernia. These factors are: obesity, heavy work, straining and professional sports. Anything that regularly tenses the upper abdominal area can be a possible risk factor. So, it’s smart to not expose yourself to such risks. Do as many things as you can in moderation and progress gradually in everything you do. In this way, you will increase the chances of you enjoying a safe life.

It’s important to prevent the factors that can be prevented. Gastric Sleeve Surgery Do jogging or other sports every day to keep yourself in shape. Eat less than you can eat and don’t try physical things that are way beyond your skills.

4. Treatment
Adults have to use surgery. Babies don’t necessarily require surgery and the Epigastric hernia may heal as the baby grows and his abdominal muscles become more powerful.

Make sure that the Epigastric hernia doesn’t get worse. Sometimes the bulge of fat loses the blood connection with the rest of the body. This causes problems and surgery is the right and fast solution. The bulge that hangs out is also known as an incarcerated hernia. When the bulge no longer communicates with the body through the blood vessels it dies and it’s called a “strangulated hernia”.

The color of a strangulated hernia is often red or purple. You may feel severe pain. Vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal swelling and nausea are also normal symptoms that you might encounter.

The actual surgery takes about 1 or 2 days. Before the surgery, you have to take a few medical tests like blood tests and x-rays. You or the affected abdominal area will be
anesthetized. First, the bulge is put back inside your body. Second, the abdominal area is strengthened.

After the surgery, the Epigastric hernia may re-occur in a few cases. The percentage of recurrence is between 1 and 5%. The wound may infect itself or it may bleed. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, you have to return back to the surgery room.

Now you have enough information to do the right thing to get rid of the Epigastric hernia. Good luck!

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Jun 07, 2012 by GregEpigastric Hernia Causes and Treatments, USA

I hate this epigastric hernia. I cant’f find good doctor that could make for me surgery…

business0.3Epigastric Hernia Causes and Treatments, USA5.05.011I hate this epigastric hernia. I cant’f find good doctor that could make for me surgery…

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