In adults, hernias may cause different symptoms. You may experience heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). You may see a lump that goes away with minimal pressure or when you’re lying down. You may experience pain when you lift heavy objects or when you’re having a bowel movement. In rarer instances, hernias may cause nausea or vomiting.
Knowing when to seek treatment involves understanding your symptoms and learning more about your hernia. A physician may ask you to get an ultrasound or CT scan to determine the size and location of a hernia. You may also be prescribed an X-ray if your hernia is causing a bowel blockage.
The best way to know is to see a specialist. The only treatment for hernia is surgery. At Grand View Health, surgeon Michael Fishman, MD, evaluates and treats hernias. He performs minimally invasive (small-scar) and traditional hernia surgeries. He’s been named a 2019 Top Doctor by Philadelphia Magazine.
Learn more at our free hernia event on June 18.