What is Hernia, and what are the main causes of Hernia?

Hernia Surgery Singapore
Hernia Surgery Singapore
Hernia Surgeon Singapore

A hernia is the protrusion of fat, tissue or part of an organ, through the structure or muscle that usually contains it. The condition occurs most often in the abdominal wall when the intestine pushes through a weak spot in the wall. Read on to understand some of the causes of Hernia and when you should see a Hernia Surgeon in Singapore!

Hernias aren’t necessarily dangerous, but it can also lead to life-threatening complications. You may not experience any symptoms or discomfort when your Hernia is still small. It is also possible to push your organs back into position at this stage. However, Hernias may become bigger and more painful over a period of time, and may even lead to life-threatening conditions such as bowel obstruction and strangulation. When it reaches this stage, it can be relatively dangerous, and therefore best to see a Hernia Surgeon Singapore as soon as you suspect that you may have Hernia.

In most scenarios, there is no particular reason for a Hernia to occur, except for a complication of abdominal surgery causing an incisional Hernia. Your risk for Hernia may also increase as your age increases.

A Hernia may also be present from birth, such as a congenital diaphragmatic Hernia or it may develop in children with a weak abdominal wall.

There are different causes for each individual type of Hernia. Some of the causes for one of the most common type of Hernia, Inguinal Hernia, are:

  • Constipation
  • Chronic cough
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Straining to urinate
  • Obesity
  • Abdominal fluid
  • Frequent weightlifting
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Poor nutrition
  • Smoking
  • Physical exertion
  • Weakness of the muscles and ligaments of the abdomen

If unsure, it’s always best to make an appointment with your Hernia Surgeon Singapore to clarify if what you have is indeed a Hernia, and if you require surgery. Dr Kan has years of experience in minimally invasive techniques for Hernia Surgery, having operated over one and a half thousand cases!