Is it Time to Visit a Physician for Pain in Your Stomach?

Before you grab for the nearest stomach pain gas relief remedy, you may want to pause. While gas can certainly be associated with gurgling and stomach pain, additional symptoms may indicate otherwise. If you have pain in the stomach accompanied by a protrusion and tenderness in the groin, you could have a hernia. 

At General and Vascular Surgery, our patient-focused, friendly, and experienced hernia physicians routinely help patients navigate the diagnosis and treatment of all types of hernias. 

Pinpoint the Reason for Pain in the Stomach

Although there are several different kinds of hernias, inguinal hernias are the most common. These abdominal hernias account for an estimated 75% of all hernias in the groin area.

Other types of hernias include:

  • An illustration of a male body shows the intestines with a magnified hernia protruding through the abdominal muscles.Epigastric 
  • Femoral 
  • Incisional 
  • Hiatal 
  • Umbilical 

A hernia occurs when an organ or tissue protrudes through an abnormal area of the body—usually centered in the abdomen. While both men and women can have hernias, they are more likely to occur in men. In fact, according to studies, inguinal hernias have a nine-to-one male predominance. And, men between the ages of 40 and 59 are more susceptible to developing a hernia. 

When to See a Doctor for Stomach Pain

Whether you have been experiencing sharp stomach pain that comes and goes, upper-middle abdominal pain, or acute persistent pain, it’s important to consult with a physician as soon as possible. 

A hernia physician will likely ask if you have any additional symptoms associated with a hernia, such as:

  • Aching sensation in the abdomen
  • Burning feeling in the stomach
  • Gurgling and other noises in the groin area
  • Bulging protrusion (that can disappear when you lay down)
  • Worsening pain as a result of coughing or sneezing

Sadly, hernias do not go away on their own. The good news, however, is that surgery can repair hernias. At GVS, our practiced and compassionate hernia surgeons perform upwards of 4,000 hernia surgeries annually. Our goal is to return you to the golf greens, dirt trails, and sports fields you enjoy with precision and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. 

Request a visit now or, call us any time for questions at 574-236-1888—GVS is here for you!

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