A couple of years ago, 64 year old Mohamed Salim, was diagnosed with direct inguinal hernia by his doctor. He was suffering from the most serious complication of an inguinal hernia where a loop of intestine became trapped in the weak point in the abdominal wall . This obstructed his bowel, leading to severe pain, nausea, vomiting and the inability to have a regular bowel movement. In this stage he needed a surgery very badly. As a retired person, Salim could hardly manage his day to day living. Having a surgery was not feasible for him.
His doctor told him that his hernia was so severe, it could also diminish blood flow to the trapped portion of the intestine and he needed an immediate surgery. On August 3rd, 2010 Salim finally got a hernia surgery. The finance of his surgery was fully provided by the nonprofit organization, Touching Souls International. He is is so happy now, his hernia hurts no more. He got back his normal life again.
The direct inguinal hernia occurs slightly inside of the site of the indirect hernia, in an area where the abdominal wall is naturally slightly thinner. It rarely will protrude into the scrotum. Unlike the indirect hernia, which can occur at any age, the direct hernia tends to occur in the middle-aged and elderly because their abdominal walls weaken as they age.
In many people, the abdominal wall weakness which leads to an inguinal hernia occurs at birth when the abdominal lining (peritoneum) doesn’t close properly. Other inguinal hernias develop later in life when muscles weaken or deteriorate due to factors such as aging, strenuous physical activity or coughing that accompanies smoking.
Men are more likely to have an inherent weakness along the inguinal canal because of the way males develop in the womb
Other risk factors include:
* Family history
* Certain medical conditions like cystic fibrosis
* Chronic cough.
* Chronic constipation
* Excess weight
* Certain occupations. Having a job that requires standing for long periods or doing heavy physical labor increases the risk of developing an inguinal hernia.
* Premature birth
* History of hernias
Touching Souls International, provides 12 free surgical operations per month on Hydrosil, Hernia, Piles, Tumor, Clubfoot and Hysterectomy at Nurture General Hospital by hired Surgeons & Anesthetists and Nurture’s operation theater, Hospital facilities, Nurses & other paramedics and free beds. These surgeries are given to the patients, who can not otherwise afford to have one. Many people like Mohamed Salim are getting their normal livelihood back after getting their most needed surgeries free of charge for the philanthropy of the nonprofit organization, Touching Souls International.