Dr. Michael Renfrow, General Surgeon with Baptist Health South Florida, says the first two common presenting symptoms of hernia are pain and a mass in the abdominal wall, in the groin or the belly button area. He explains it can be a painless mass or a combination of the pain and the mass together. He highlights it is important to get to a healthcare professional who deals with these issues to get properly worked up. They will feel the mass to see if there is a true hole in the abdominal wall, a soft tissue mass or a hernia.
A hernia can be inguinal, femoral, umbilical, incisional, epigastric, and hiatal. Dr. Michael Renfrow, General Surgeon with Baptist Health South Florida, says there are different types of hernias and they are based on their location. He explains an inguinal hernia is a hernia in the groin. "30% of males will end up at some point in their life getting surgery for a inguinal hernia, typically on the right side." He also says an umbilical hernia is a hernia in the belly button, and it is a natural weakness and defect from when you were in uterus and your umbilical cord was.
Dr. Michael Renfrow, General Surgeon with Baptist Health South Florida, explains a hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall. "The abdominal wall is divided into four layers, the fourth and the deepest layer is called fashion, and it is the strength of the abdominal wall, it keeps all your intestines inside. A hernia is simply a hole in the fashion." He also says there are certain risk factors that will lend themselves to forming a hernia, such as anything that increases your intra-abdominal pressure, like in construction workers.
Dr. Michael Renfrow, General Surgeon with Baptist Health South Florida, says the classic approach of hernia surgery was an open approach, but now it is done by making an incision over the hernia, going down finding the hole, and closing it with stitches. "They began with laparoscopic procedures in the 1990s and with three or four small incisions, you enter the abdomen with a camera, and you come in from below and repair the hernia from inside," he points out.
Dr. Michael Renfrow, General Surgeon with Baptist Health South Florida, explains he is one of the wound care specialists at the South Miami Wound Care Center, where they have the latest and greatest treatments to take care of wounds that are not healing and get them to close. He also says they treat any ulster wound or ulcers. "They can happen anywhere in the body, the most common patients who get ulcers are usually traumatic ulcers, or diabetic patients with ulcers in the feet or the toes."