How is a hernia diagnosed?
It’s important to recognize the early signs of a hernia and seek medical care as soon as possible from a doctor who specializes in hernia treatment and surgery. Do not avoid your hernia symptoms as an untreated hernia can lead to life-threatening complications.
It is usually possible to feel a bulge in the area where a hernia has occurred by physical exam. Most males who get a physical exam in order to play competitive sports, a doctor will usually feel for inguinal hernias by the doctor feeling the area around the testicles and groin while the patient is asked to cough.
For hernias that are hard to see or feel, a soft-tissue CT scan can accurately diagnose the condition.
Inguinal or incisional hernias are usually diagnosed during a physical exam when a doctor is able to feel a bulge in the abdomen / groin areas.
A hiatal hernia may be diagnosed with a barium X-ray (X-ray pictures of your digestive tract after drinking a liquid solution containing barium, which shows up well on X-ray images) or an endoscopy (threading a small camera attached to a tube down the patient’s throat), which allows the doctor to see the internal location of your stomach and digestive organs.