LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- When many people think of a hernia, they often think of a common groin hernia experienced by someone they know who suffered acute pain after doing some sort of heavy lifting. While this situation does occur fairly frequently, it is just one of the three major types of hernias that can occur in men and women. Diagnosing and treating the different types of hernias can be more difficult than people assume, and it takes a renowned specialist like Dr. Shirin Towfigh, M.D., F.A.C.S of the Beverly Hills Hernia Center to ensure that a patient's hernia is fixed properly.
The word "hernia" simply refers to a rupture of internal organs through their surrounding walls, and while this can often happen in the groin region, it may also occur in the abdomen, or around the site of an incision after a patient has surgery.
- Groin Hernias – The most common type of hernia is the inguinal groin hernia caused by a weak spot in the lower abdominal wall of the groin. This is what many consider to be a "traditional" hernia, often caused by lifting or strong coughing. In many cases a groin hernia requires surgery to repair it, but it is not always necessary. Dr. Towfigh prides herself on being able to treat some patients without the need for surgical intervention. Although she is an experienced, board-certified surgeon, she understands that some patients are hesitant about going under the knife. Patients can get to know the Western United States' top hernia surgeon on Twitter for a better idea of her philosophy.
- Abdominal Hernias – Occurring usually within a couple inches of the navel, abdominal hernias often result in a painful bulge in the stomach/abdomen region. The most common type, umbilical hernias, usually occur in young children and babies, but can be seen in adults as well. This is categorized by a bulge at the site of the navel, and, depending on the severity, will often require surgical intervention. Dr. Towfigh also treats epigastric and spligelian hernias which are more rare and found above and below the navel, respectively. Dr. Towfigh is the only physician in the Western United States that specializes in abdominal wall hernias, so there is no one better to diagnose and treat any patient suffering from abdominal hernia pain.
- Incisional Hernias – The third common type of hernia seen by Dr. Towfigh is an incisional hernia caused by a weak wall as a result of open surgery. These types of hernias always require surgery in fixing them, and will not heal on their own. Approximately 10% of all hernias treated by Dr. Towfigh are incisional hernias.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a hernia, or lower abdominal pain that other doctors have failed to properly diagnose, don't hesitate to contact Dr. Towfigh's office at 310-358-5020. You can visit the Beverly Hills Hernia surgeon Facebook page or learn more about the different types of hernias and Dr. Towfigh's success in treating them at www.BeverlyHillsHerniaCenter.com.
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