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What does the Hernia Scan include?
Hi-Resolution Ultrasound assessment of the Abdominal Wall (tissues & muscles that hold and support the internal abdominal organs)
Includes assessment for certain types of hernias such as epigastric, umbilical, paraumbilical hernia.
Can check superficial abdominal soft tissues for issues including Diastasis and soft tissue lumps
Reasons for a Hernia Scan ..
About the Hernia Scan
An abdominal hernia is a condition in which a portion of the intestine or other abdominal contents protrude through a weak area or tear in the muscles of the abdominal wall. In many cases, hernias cause no symptoms or very few symptoms. You may notice a swelling or lump in your tummy (abdomen) that can often be pushed back in or will disappear when you lie down. Coughing or straining may make the lump reappear.
Hernias can occur throughout the body, but most often develop in the areas of your body between your chest and hips. There are several types of abdominal hernias, including:
- Epigastric hernias occur above the bellybutton
- Umbilical hernias occur around the belly button.
- Incisional hernias occur at the site of a previous surgical incision.
- Spigelian hernias (rare) occur through a slit-like defect in the abdomen
Objective of the Hernia Scan
The purpose of the abdominal hernia scan is to assess the superficial layer of tissues in the abdomen (abdominal wall) by ultrasound. The abdominal wall is composed of tissues in the abdomen that hold, contain and protect the internal organs (abdominal wall). These layers are made up of connective tissues and muscles, including the six-pack muscles (rectus abdominis). The abdominal hernia scan will check these tissues for abnormalities and problems.
What can the Hernia Scan detect?
Our abdominal wall hernia scan uses ultrasound and can assess for a range of conditions such as:
- Abdominal lumps, bulging or swelling under the skin including
- Diastasis recti, or divarication – separated stomach muscles when your belly sticks out because the space between your left and right belly muscles has widened
- Various Abdominal Hernias including
- Epigastric hernia
- Umbilical hernia
- Incisional hernias
- Spigelian hernias
- Femoral hernias
- Incisional hernias
- Inguinal hernias (75% of all hernias)
- Signs of inflammation under the skin
- Fluid under the skin
- Classification of a mass e.g. solid, cystic, mixed
- Post-surgical complications e.g. abscess, fluid
- Prior to some surgical procedures including a tummy tuck.
Why choose the scan clinic for your Hernia Scan
We pride ourselves on providing the best quality service we can which is why we are trusted by GP's, doctors, physiotherapists, midwives and many other healthcare professionals.
Our mission of better quality healthcare for everyone is at the heart of everything we do and drives us to do the best we can for each and every patient that we see. Our team of experts have years of experience and are fully registered and regulated meaning you are in safe hands with us.
Benefits of having the Hernia Scan
The test is painless, safe, and can be done quickly. Your doctor may require an abdominal wall ultrasound scan to plan the best treatment. The scan is often also required prior to some surgical procedures including a ‘tummy tuck’ or it may be needed to check a lump or swelling under the abdominal skin. It is often used in conjunction with other tests such as blood tests, clinical evaluation and or other ultrasound scans. These could include the abdominal scan, which looks deeper into the abdomen at the abdominal organs such as the liver and gallbladder, or the pelvic scan which checks the womb and ovaries. Ultrasonography is a non-invasive imaging modality and is widely used for the assessment of the abdominal wall. It can provide clinically useful information on a wide range of conditions affecting the abdominal wall and abdominal soft tissues.
The Scan Clinic has expert clinical staff to assess the abdominal wall.
Why do I need a Hernia Scan
An abdominal hernia occurs when an internal part of the body pushes through a weakness in the muscle or surrounding tissue wall. In many cases, hernias cause no symptoms or very few symptoms. You may notice a swelling or lump in your tummy (abdomen) that can often be pushed back in or will disappear when you lie down. Coughing or straining may make the lump reappear. An abdominal hernia may be suspected through a physical examination. Your doctor may have examined the abdomen and asked you to perform certain movements, such as coughing to help identify the hernia. A physical examination alone however is usually not enough to confirm the diagnosis. An abdominal hernia scan is by far superior to a physical examination as it directly visualises the abdominal wall anatomy leading to an increase in the detection of a lump or hernia, particularly when performed by an experienced clinician.
Symptoms of an abdominal hernia can include:
- Bulging or lump under the skin of your abdomen. which may be more prominent or visible when standing, coughing or straining.
- A lump or swelling in the belly button area
- Pain, discomfort or swelling in the abdomen, especially when bending over, coughing, lifting, or moving heavy items
- Discomfort with a bowel movement or during urination
- A burning or aching sensation in the bulged region
- A heavy or dragging feeling in the abdomen
- Before certain surgical procedures including a ‘tummy tuck’
- After certain surgical procedures check for seroma.
- Occasionally hernias may not cause any symptoms at all and are only discovered during a routine medical examination or imaging test.
In some cases, the hernia may become trapped or strangulated, which can cause more severe symptoms such as:
- severe pain,
- nausea and vomiting
- redness and swelling of the hernia
- inability to reduce (push back) the hernia.
If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention as it can be a sign of a serious complication.
Other Reasons for an abdominal hernia scan
It’s important to note that not all lumps or bulges in the groin area are hernias. Other conditions such as soft tissue cysts, fatty lumps, inflammation or tumours can cause similar symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a doctor who may recommend having an abdominal wall hernia scan. The scan is also required to check for abdominal separation or diastasis Recti. This is when your belly sticks out because the space between your left and right belly muscles has widened and is common in women who have undergone labour.
The scan may often be required by your doctor prior to abdominal surgery such as a ‘tummy tuck’ or abdominoplasty or following surgery to check for inflammation or fluid within the abdominal soft tissues.
In some instances, further imaging tests may be needed following an ultrasound scan to establish a diagnosis.
What does the Hernia Scan involve?
During the scan, you will be asked to uncover the area being scanned, hence we advise to wear suitable loose clothing and a small amount of ultrasound gel will be placed over your skin.
An ultrasound camera (‘probe’) will then be placed on top and moved along and around the area. This results in a picture appearing on the ultrasound monitor and patient TV which will be translated by the clinical specialist/ medical practitioner.
The ultrasound scan itself usually lasts around 10-15 minutes and is pain-free. At the end of the scan, a verbal summary of the results will be provided, as well as your opportunity to ask any questions.
How do I prepare*
- No specific preparation is required for this scan.
Hernia Scan FAQ's
More information about the Hernia Scan
To find out more about this scan and the areas / organs that are scanned as part of as well as ultrasound in general, you can head over to our knowledge centre by clicking the image or button.
- We will require details of your GP / Health Care Professional, which may be requested before or at the time of the scan.
- This scan requires access to the area of interest; therefore, it is recommended to wear loose clothing to facilitate this process.
- Study images may be available at an additional charge – more information and to request this can be found by clicking here.
- All our first line ultrasound scans are optional. You must be at least 16 years old and you should have no existing medical condition or treatment pending that relates to the scan you are booking. If you are in any doubt about having any type of scan, you should consult your GP.