SOURCE: Dr. Basudeb Saha MD

Dr. Basudeb Saha MD

June 23, 2014 09:00 ET

General Surgeon in McHenry, Illinois Advises Hernias Are Often Misunderstood and Frequently a Misdiagnosed Condition in Women

Dr. Basudeb Saha, a Board Certified General Surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgery Offers Important Information for Women Who Believe They Have a Hernia

MCHENRY, IL--(Marketwired - Jun 23, 2014) - "Hernias are often misunderstood by people. There is a common misconception that hernias occur only in men," says general surgeon Dr. Basudeb Saha. In fact, hernias also occur commonly in women and children. In particular, hernias in women are often left untreated leading to ongoing, unexplained pain for many. It is possible to simply live with a hernia. However, the main risk of this approach is that the protruding organ or tissue can become strangulated, cutting off its blood supply. A strangulated intestinal hernia may result in intestinal obstruction, infection, gangrene, perforation, shock, and death.

Abdominal wall hernias typically arise when a natural hole inside the body has become too large and has entrapped internal organs or tissue, causing intense pain. When this condition is present hernia surgery will nearly always be required. The most common types of hernia are inguinal (inner groin), incisional (resulting from an incision), femoral (outer groin), umbilical (belly button), and hiatal (upper stomach). Inguinal hernias are the most common type in both men and women. Incisional hernias occur at a previous surgical site. They are more common in the elderly or in overweight people who are inactive after abdominal surgery. An umbilical hernia is common in newborns, obese women, and in women as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. Femoral hernias, although rare, occur almost exclusively in women. This type of hernia is more prone to strangulation.

Ultimately, all hernias are caused by pressure and an opening or weakness of muscle or tissue. The pressure pushes the organ through the weak spot. Sometimes the muscle weakness is present at birth but more often it occurs later in life. Anything can cause a hernia to develop including lifting a heavy object without stabilizing the muscle, diarrhea or constipation, persistent coughing or sneezing, obesity, poor nutrition, pregnancy and childbirth, and smoking.
"Hernias are often misdiagnosed in women because the symptoms are different than those in men," states Dr. Saha. Unlike hernias in men, hernias in women are smaller and often do not cause a visible bulge. Even though they may not be visible, they can cause intense pain. "Many women suffer with chronic pelvic pain as their main symptom for years before being properly diagnosed with a hernia," states Dr. Saha.

Whether you have a visible hernia swelling or are experiencing pain, consultation with an experienced general surgeon is advised. Your surgeon will perform a physical exam and may perform an ultrasound to diagnose the hernia. It may be possible to manually press the hernia back into place until surgery is performed. Dr. Basudeb Saha performs hernia repairs (herniorrhaphy) for all types of hernias using the traditional open repair, mesh repairs, and laparoscopic repairs. Dr. Saha states: "I perform hernia repairs routinely with resolution of pain in the vast majority of patients." Your general surgeon will advise you on which repair is best for you.

About Basudeb Saha, MD, FACS
Dr. Saha earned his medical degree at the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. He later completed his training in general surgery at the New Jersey College of Medicine where he also served as Chief Resident. He completed a fellowship in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Dr. Saha is board-certified by the American Board of General Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgery. He has received numerous excellence awards in his general practice and maintains active memberships in the American College of Surgery and several other prestigious organizations. He is available for interview upon request.

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