Hernia Ultrasound Scan



About Hernia Ultrasound

A hernia in simple terms is a hole where something protrudes through. A hernia is most commonly found between the diaphragm and the symphysis pubis.  Hernias are not painful unless they strangulate but feel uncomfortable.

It is normally the intestine or fat around the intestine that protrudes through the hole and causes the lump that can be seen and felt. This lump normally pops out when abdominal pressure increases i.e when you cough or lift something heavy. The lump can be pushed in by gentling massaging it.

Many people have abdominal hernias. As much as 10% of the population develop some type of a hernia during life. More than a half million hernia operations are performed in the United States each year.

Many people can happily live with a hernia. Sometimes, however hernias might become larger and cause a medical emergency as tissue becomes trapped in the outpouching, loses its blood supply and dies. 

Types of herniae

 Hernias usually occur in areas where the abdominal wall is weakened or thinner, either because the location is already weaker or is made weaker due to a previous intervention such as a surgical procedure. This weakness could be there since birth but may not cause problems until later in life.

Inguinal hernias occur in the groin at the top of your inner thigh. It is the most common found hernia accounting for approximately 75% of all hernias.  This kind of hernia presents itself with bulging at the groin and sometimes burning, aching sensation in the groin, and maybe a heaviness that may get worst toward the end of the day and after prolonged activity.
Femoral hernias also occur when fatty tissue or a part of your bowel pokes through into your groin at the top of your inner thigh. They are much less common than inguinal hernias and tend to affect more women than men.
Umbilical hernias are found at the umbilical area (belly button).
Incisional hernias - these occur when tissue is coming through through a surgical wound in your abdomen that has not fully healed.
Epigastric hernias - occur at the upper abdomen below the xiphisternum (breast bone).
Spigelian hernias � these occur when part of your bowel passes through your abdomen at the side of your abdominal muscle.



What is the purpose of this scan?

The hernia ultrasound scan will evaluate the area of suspected hernia, for example:



Reasons for having a hernia scan include:


What is included with this scan?




No preparation is necessary for this scan.


What should I expect during the ultrasound scan?

Before the scan, our sonographer will explain the examination procedure. You will be asked to lie on the examination couch and expose the area of the suspected hernia. A small amount of gel will be applied on the area and the probe will be moved in different direction to obtain the images. You may also be asked to do whats called Valsalva to increase abdominal presure so that the hernia can pop out.
During and after the examination our sonographer will explain the findings and an ultrasound report will be issued to take away with you.


Price: £139.00


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