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1. What is a Hernia and what is a Hernia Ultrasound scan?
A hernia is a condition when an internal organ pushes through an opening in the abdominal muscles or body tissue that holds it in place. It can occur in different places in the abdominal area and often causes a lump which may come and go. Most hernias are found to be between the chest and hips but they can also be found in the upper thigh and groin. There are different types of hernia with the most commonly known
– Incisional (located at the site of a previous surgery)
– Inguinal (inner groin)
– Femoral (outer groin)
– Umbilical (belly button)
Although most hernias are not life threatening, they can cause discomfort and pain (due to a lump which may come and go) and they don’t go away on their own. In some patients, the pain is felt with certain movement such as a stretch, bending down or coughing and sometimes can lead to an incarcerated hernia (where a hernia causes trapped tissue). It is advised to understand the positioning of a hernia to best manage it.
If you are experiencing symptoms of a hernia, consult your doctor as soon as possible. A hernia ultrasound scan is an assessment of your internal organs. Your doctor may request a hernia ultrasound scan to identify the exact location and positioning of a hernia which is crucial information for a doctor to decide on the best course of treatment.
2. Hernia Ultrasound: Symptoms and when to see a doctor
If you feel a bulge or lump and pain or discomfort at the site of a previous surgery, around the areas of the inner or outer groin and belly button you may have a hernia. A lump may disappear when lying down and appear again when bending down, stretching, standing or coughing. You may feel discomfort or pain in the affected area even if you cannot feel a lump. There are several types of hernia, so the symptoms vary, for example, in hiatal hernia you can experience heartburn, difficulty swallowing or chest pain.
Whilst most hernias are manageable and not life threatening, they can sometimes become larger and cause complications. In extreme cases they may require surgery, for example, in the case of trapped body tissue or organs. It is therefore advised to consult a doctor if you experience any symptoms.
Your doctor may request a hernia ultrasound scan which can identify the exact location, positioning and condition of a hernia which is crucial information for a doctor to decide on the best course of treatment.
3. Hernia Ultrasound: What happens at my appointment?
The hernia ultrasound scan is a pain free examination. Your appointment will take a maximum of 30 minutes. Here is what happens at your appointment:
1. Once you arrive, you’ll be asked asked to change in to a medical gown (if required) and to remove any jewellery, accessories and other objects which may interfere with the ultrasound scan.
2. You’ll be required to lie flat on your back on an examination table. Your doctor will then apply a water based gel to your abdomen area. The gel, which may feel cold, works alongside a handheld scanning device to create images by helping sound waves pass through the abdomen more efficiently.
3. To begin the examination, a handheld scanning device (the ultrasound transducer head which sends high frequency sound waves into the body and picks up responding signals), will be pressed against the areas of assessment, moving back and forth whilst applying mild to medium pressure in order to get clear images which will be visible in real-time on a display screen for your doctor. The procedure does not cause any discomfort.
4. Once your doctor is satisfied with the quantity and quality of images, the gel will be wiped off your skin, you can then get dressed.
5. The doctor will discuss the results of the scan with you.
A specialist consultant radiologist will review and assess your scan results and provide a comprehensive medical report for you and your doctor.Following the examination the images are processed and reviewed by a Consultant Radiologist who will provide your doctor with a report. We endeavour to give both you and your GP access to your results on the same day of your scan.
You can expect the scan to last between 20-30 minutes. Please give yourself plenty of time for your appointment.
As the scan is non-invasive and non-surgical there is no aftercare or recovery requirements so you can
go home immediately after your appointment.
4. Hernia Ultrasound: Preparation for the appointment
No preparation is required for this ultrasound scan.