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Ch 12: Understanding & Treating Hernias

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Understanding & Treating Hernias - Chapter Summary

In this engaging chapter, you can learn about different kinds of hernias and how they are treated. Topics covered here include the symptoms and treatment of inguinal hernias, as well as the causes and recovery period associated with umbilical hernias. Take your time as you move through the chapter, and feel free to review any lessons multiple times as needed. The short quiz at the end of each lesson is a great way to ensure you're understanding the lessons or to help you prepare for an exam. Once you complete this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify the symptoms and recovery from an inguinal or femoral hernia
  • Differentiate between a direct and indirect hernia
  • Outline the four types of hiatal hernias and their symptoms
  • Explain how men and women experience hernia symptoms differently
  • Detail the symptoms and treatment for an epigastric hernia in adults and children
  • Discuss the signs of and treatment for a testicular hernia
  • Define a parastomal hernia and a Bochdalek hernia
  • Identify the difference between a strangulated hernia and an incarcerated hernia
  • Explain the different types of diaphragmatic hernias and their symptoms
  • Discuss whether hernias are hereditary

20 Lessons in Chapter 12: Understanding & Treating Hernias
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What is an Inguinal Hernia? - Symptoms & Diagnosis

1. What is an Inguinal Hernia? - Symptoms & Diagnosis

Inguinal hernias may be nothing serious to worry about, or they may be a medical emergency. Find out what they are, why they occur, what signs to look out for, and how they are diagnosed.

What is an Inguinal Hernia? - Treatment & Recovery

2. What is an Inguinal Hernia? - Treatment & Recovery

Can you treat an inguinal hernia with medication or do you need to undergo surgery? This lesson will explain. We'll also cover some poignant recovery aspects related to inguinal hernias and their treatment options.

Umbilical Hernia: Symptoms & Causes

3. Umbilical Hernia: Symptoms & Causes

Umbilical hernias are especially common in infants and young babies, but may occur in adults as well. Read this lesson to learn the general symptoms and causes of this navel bulge.

Umbilical Hernia: Treatment & Recovery

4. Umbilical Hernia: Treatment & Recovery

Umbilical hernias can happen anytime during an individual's life. Read this lesson to learn the risks of developing an umbilical hernia, what treatment options are available to repair it, and what to expect during recovery.

Femoral Hernia: Causes & Symptoms

5. Femoral Hernia: Causes & Symptoms

Femoral hernias occur close to the hip at the inguinal fold. Learn about the common causes and symptoms of the femoral hernia, and when to seek emergency medical care.

Femoral Hernia: Treatment & Recovery

6. Femoral Hernia: Treatment & Recovery

Severe femoral hernias may require surgical treatment. Read this lesson to learn more about the surgical options to consider for treating femoral hernias and the course of recovery for this injury.

The Difference Between a Direct & Indirect Hernia

7. The Difference Between a Direct & Indirect Hernia

In this lesson, we will learn what a hernia is and specifically what an inguinal hernia is. We will learn about two types of inguinal hernias- direct and indirect.

Hiatal Hernia: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

8. Hiatal Hernia: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Do you know what a hiatal hernia is? In this lesson, we will learn what it is. We will also learn about the causes of hiatal hernias as well as the symptoms associated with them. Treatment options will be reviewed also.

The Four Types of Hiatal Hernias

9. The Four Types of Hiatal Hernias

A hiatal hernia is a common medical occurrence, but did you know there are actually four types? In this lesson, follow a review of anatomical landmarks and discover the fine distinctions that differentiate one type from another.

What is a Hernia? - Definition & Types

10. What is a Hernia? - Definition & Types

There are many different types of hernias that occur for different reasons and vary between men, women, and children. We are going to go over the definition and types of hernias in this lesson.

Hernia Symptoms in Men vs. Women

11. Hernia Symptoms in Men vs. Women

Are symptoms of a hernia different in men and women? In this lesson, we will answer that question. We will learn more about hernias and compare symptoms experienced by men and women.

Epigastric Hernia in Adults: Symptoms & Treatment

12. Epigastric Hernia in Adults: Symptoms & Treatment

What is an epigastric hernia? What symptoms are associated with it? In this lesson, we will learn about epigastric hernias in adults. We will learn about the symptoms and how to treat them.

Epigastric Hernia in Children: Symptoms & Treatment

13. Epigastric Hernia in Children: Symptoms & Treatment

Hernias can occur for many different reasons and in many different locations. In this lesson, we will focus on epigastric hernias in children, their symptoms, and treatment for them.

Testicular Hernia: Symptoms & Treatment

14. Testicular Hernia: Symptoms & Treatment

Testicular hernias are usually caused by straining, heavy lifting, or injury to the muscular tissue, and occur in men of all ages. Read this lesson to learn about the symptoms of testicular hernias and possible treatment options.

Parastomal Hernia: Definition, Symptoms & Complications

15. Parastomal Hernia: Definition, Symptoms & Complications

Parastomal hernias, often caused by straining or coughing, may occur at the site of a stoma. Read this lesson to learn more about how a parastomal hernia happens and common complications to be aware of.

Bochdalek Hernia: Symptoms & Repair

16. Bochdalek Hernia: Symptoms & Repair

Bochdalek hernia is a rare congenital condition. Read this lesson to learn more about this specific type of hernia, common characteristics of the condition, and how to treat it.

Incarcerated vs. Strangulated Hernia

17. Incarcerated vs. Strangulated Hernia

This lesson defines and delineates the difference between an incarcerated hernia and a strangulated hernia. Using familiar examples, you'll quickly understand the two.

Diaphragmatic Hernia: Definition, Causes & Types

18. Diaphragmatic Hernia: Definition, Causes & Types

You are probably familiar with the word hernia, but maybe not really sure what it is. In this lesson, we will learn what a diaphragmatic hernia is. We will learn about different types and what causes them.

Diaphragmatic Hernia: Symptoms & Treatment

19. Diaphragmatic Hernia: Symptoms & Treatment

You may be familiar with the word 'hernia', but you may not be familiar with diaphragmatic hernia. In this lesson, we will learn about diaphragmatic hernias as well as symptoms and treatment associated with them.

Are Hernias Hereditary?

20. Are Hernias Hereditary?

This lesson will discuss the definition of a hernia, types of hernias, and their causes. The main focuses of this lesson will be on whether hernias are hereditary.

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