Five Signs That You Need a Trauma Care Specialist for Hernia Repair

While most types of hernias require surgical repair to avoid complications, what about emergency situations? Are there certain signs that warrant a trip to a trauma hospital or need trauma care management? Yes! If you experience abdominal pain and/or fever, combined with certain symptoms, you could have what is referred to as an “incarcerated” or “strangulated hernia.” It is extremely important, in the case of these types of hernias, to seek the immediate aid of a trauma care specialist.

At General Vascular and Surgery, our highly-skilled and practiced hernia surgeons are equipped and experienced to handle trauma-level hernia surgery. We specialize in helping patients prevent serious health complications, while also encouraging a safe, effective recovery.

Indications that Critical Care is Needed for a Hernia

A trauma care specialist performs an ultrasound on a patient to check for a strangulated hernia. As we mentioned earlier, not every hernia requires emergency attention. Symptoms of a typical abdominal or inguinal hernia often include a bulge or lump in your groin, sometimes also accompanied by a pulling sensation in the groin/abdominal area. You may notice that the bulge becomes more pronounced when you cough or strain, or even simply stand up. While your hernia will likely need surgery, these symptoms often lead to a regularly-scheduled, non-emergency repair.

The reason that an incarcerated/strangulated hernia requires immediate surgical intervention is due to the loss of blood supply to the contents of the hernia (usually the intestine). This can cause the strangulated tissue to die leading to life-threatening infection if not addressed swiftly.

If you experience any of the following symptoms it’s crucial to seek the aid of a trauma care specialist immediately to prevent serious and life-threatening health complications:

  1. Pain or discomfort at (or near) the hernia that is severe
  2. Growth of the hernia protrusion
  3. Nausea and/or vomiting
  4. Constipation with or without bloating
  5. Fever

Again, it’s vital to call your doctor should you have any of the indications of a strangulated hernia listed above. Or, head to the nearest emergency room if you are unable to reach your physician.

What Type of Hernia Surgery is Used in the Case of an Emergency?

A trauma care physician may perform laparoscopic hernia repair or open surgery. The method of surgery varies depending on the type and severity of the hernia, and your specific condition.

What is Recovery Like After Emergency Hernia Repair?

While individual recovery varies, many people are able to return home within 24 hours after surgery. Initial healing usually takes around three to four weeks. To maximize recovery, it’s important to follow the post-surgical guidelines of your hernia specialist.

Our GVS hernia doctors are among the top-rated physicians in Indiana. Our combined patient satisfaction ratings across Google, Facebook, and surveys is 4.89 out of 5.0. We provide personalized, patient-centered care to ensure a safe and effective recovery, with the ultimate goal of helping you return to the activities you love.

Consult with our physicians now! Or, call us to learn more at 574-236-1888—it’s time!

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