The intestines can experience a multitude of complications, including severe hernias and bowel obstructions. These co-occurring disorders cause a lot of pain and can be deadly if left to worsen. Thankfully, multiple treatment options can help an individual overcome these issues and live a happy and healthy life free from bowel problems. Here, you can learn about the connection between hernias and bowel obstructions and how to make proper health decisions for yourself or your family.
Hernia Triggers and Causes
Hernias occur when an organ or pieces of tissue in and around the intestine works its way through a weak spot in the bowels. This painful situation develops when excessive pressure is placed on the bowels to cause the primary tissue weakness. Multiple types of force can contribute to the development of this painful condition and its worsening.
For example, people who lift heavy objects may put undue strain on their abdomen that triggers a hernia. Typically, this type of lifting occurs in people who perform manual labor careers, such as cement workers lifting heavy blocks all day.
Other types of pressure, such as diarrhea, constipation, persistent coughing and sneezing may combine with concerns such as poor nutrition and obesity. These factors increase a person’s risk of developing hernias and, even worse, of suffering from problematic bowel obstructions.
Hernias Trigger Bowel Obstructions
When a hernia develops in a person’s body, severe pain in the lower abdomen combined with weakness, a gurgling sensation in the stomach, acid reflux and chest pain may be paired with an increased risk for a bowel obstruction. This issue occurs because the hernia juts into the intestine and potentially causes a blockage around which food and liquid cannot pass.
The severity of this issue varies depending on the level of the hernia and the type of hernia that develops. Unfortunately, a bowel obstruction can cause a multitude of other health issues that may combine to become a potent and potentially deadly combination of problems that need immediate care and attention from a doctor to minimize the danger of severe complications.
Symptoms of Bowel Obstructions
Bowel obstructions may take some time to develop, but the symptoms of this condition often occur very suddenly. For example, severe abdominal pain, the loss of appetite, severe constipation, nausea, vomiting, swelling and an inability to pass gas may occur without warning. Often, these symptoms become sharper and more intense as the obstruction worsens.
In some cases, a bowel obstruction may worsen and cause multiple complications. For example, issues such as dehydration could trigger electrolyte imbalances, punctures in the intestines, the death of the surrounding tissue and even electrolyte imbalances. This cavalcade of symptoms can cause hospitalization, coma, and even death if left untreated.
Severe bowel obstructions caused by hernias require a two-part treatment method. Early treatment methods for an obstruction include nasogastric tubes fed into the noose to remove fluids and gas. Doctors then wait and hope that the obstruction passes or perform treatments such as enemas and surgery to get the bowel working correctly again and without obstruction.
After the danger of the bowel obstruction has passed, the patient needs hernia repair surgery. This treatment option varies depending on the type of hernia and the severity of the injury. For example, open hernia repair requires opening up the body and pushing the hernia back into place. Laparoscopic hernia repair uses smaller incisions paired with a tube to insert repair tools carefully.
Emergency Medical Care Helps
The dangers of hernias and bowel obstructions are too severe to ignore. So if you or someone you love is experiencing these co-occurring disorders, please contact us at The Surgical Clinic to get help. Our team will examine the issue and take steps to manage it quickly and efficiently.