Spigelian Hernia Treatment
The abdominal muscles include different groups that make up the abdominal wall. Between the rectus muscles and lateral oblique groups is a dividing tissue called the spigelian fascia. When intestines or tissue protrude through a weakness between the muscles and connecting fascia, it is called a spigelian hernia. Danny Shouhed, M.D. is a board certified general surgeon who specializes in gastrointestinal disorders, including offering spigelian hernia treatment through his practice in Los Angeles.
Causes and Symptoms of a Spigelian Hernia
Spigelian hernias have one of the highest risks for serious complications, including blocking the bowels. Stretching or weakening of the abdominal muscles can cause a spigelian hernia. Risk factors for this type of abdominal gap include strain from lifting, constipation or coughing. Pregnancy and gaining weight can also stretch the abdominal muscles. In some cases, the weakness is due to a congenital issue. Symptoms of a spigelian hernia are similar to other abdominal hernias and include:
- Pain in abdomen when lifting, coughing or straining during bowel movements
- A slight swelling on the abdomen (not always evident)
- Changes in bowel movements such as blood in stool or constipation
- Abdominal discomfort not caused by digestive issues
A medical diagnosis is needed to determine the type of abdominal hernia present. Spigelian hernias will require treatment with surgery to repair the weakened areas between the abdominal muscle groups to prevent complications like blockages. Open surgery is not always necessary. Many spigelian hernias can be repaired effectively with laparoscopic surgery, which can reduce risks of complications.
Dr. Shouhed is one of the top minimally-invasive gastrointestinal surgeons in the Los Angeles area. If you are experiencing symptoms of a spigelian hernia, contact our office to schedule an exam and consultation with Dr. Shouhed. We can book an appointment for a diagnosis or to discuss hernia treatment options.