The number of young hernia patients visiting domestic medical institutions is increasing. As people try to engage in high-intensity exercise due to the body-building craze, abdominal pressure (pressure inside the abdomen) increases, leading to a hernia. Experts advised that if the bulging hernia area does not go in even when lying down and causes pain, you should immediately go to the emergency room and undergo surgery.
According to the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service on the 8th, of the 92,334 patients who visited domestic medical institutions with hernia symptoms as of 2021, 6.8% were in their 20s and 30s. The majority of hernia patients are over 50 years old. The medical community has recently assessed that the number of young hernia patients is increasing. So-kyung Yoon, a professor of surgery at Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital, said, “As the average life expectancy has increased, the number of elderly people visiting hospitals with hernias has increased, but the number of young hernia patients has also been increasing recently.”
Simply put, a hernia is a disease in which the intestine prolapses. Due to congenital or acquired causes, weak cracks appear in the walls surrounding the body, allowing organs and tissues to escape. It can occur in several locations, including the navel, thighs, groin, and previous surgery sites, but the most common is a hernia near the groin due to a weakened abdominal wall.
If a part of your body that was normally flat suddenly becomes bulging one day, you should suspect a hernia. When pressure is applied to the stomach, one side of the groin may swell and a heavy pain may be felt. Symptoms may worsen when coughing or straining. If you stand for a long period of time, the bulge may become larger and disappear when you lie down. A gurgling sound may be heard as the herniated intestine returns to the abdominal cavity.
Hernias usually occur when abdominal pressure continues to rise. There is always a lot of pressure on the abdomen. Hernia is a common disease in the elderly because abdominal pressure accumulates when living in this condition for a long period of time. In addition to age, hernias can also occur due to factors such as certain behaviors or occupations. People who repeatedly lift heavy objects or constantly exert a lot of force on their stomach, such as vocalists, are also prone to developing a hernia. It can also be caused by coughing for a long time or by a weakened스포츠토토 abdominal wall due to a wound at the surgical site.
Not all hernia patients require surgery. When a hernia occurs, the first thing to check is whether the prolapsed organ can go back into its place. Just relax in a comfortable lying position and look at the hernia area. If it goes in just by lying down or if it goes in easily by gently pressing it with your hand, emergency surgery is not necessary. However, at this time, you should not press the hernia area with too much force. Professor Yoon said, “If this is the case, it means that emergency surgery is not necessary. It is not easy to return to the original state with an adult hernia, and it gradually grows larger over time, so you need to visit a hospital and make a plan for surgery.”
If the protruding lump does not go in and is painful, you should go to the emergency room right away. This is because it means that the prolapsed organ is stuck in a small hole, preventing blood from flowing through it. If left untreated, the tissue may die and major surgery to remove the organ may be required. Surgery must be performed as soon as possible. Professor Yoon said, “The goal of hernia surgery is to close the defective area and prevent the intestines from protruding,” adding, “We utilize traditional incision surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and robotic surgery.”
After surgery, you should avoid activities that increase pressure on your stomach. You should avoid doing abdominal exercises or lifting heavy objects for about a month after surgery. People with constipation are advised to take laxatives to help with bowel movements so as not to strain excessively when defecating.