Information by Gregor Cresnar from the Noun ProjectThis page was written to help folks suffering from a hernia to understand the ailment in order to seek effective treatment.
It concludes with recommended products we manufacture here in the factory for people like you.
AT Surgical: crafting belts and binders to treat various types of hernias since 1974.

First, it’s important to know that you are not alone. Hernias affect 5% of the US population, over 18.5 million Americans. Anyone can get one, even the rich & famous!

Early Signs of Inguinal Hernias

In this first section we’ll address the most common type of hernia: the inguinal hernia. Knowing the signs, and addressing them early increases success with Inguinal Hernias and minimizes damage to your body. We’ll address both normal Inguinal Hernias and Incarcerated Hernias.

Inguinal Hernias

Inguinal Hernias are the most common type of Hernia with occurrences at over 96% of treated hernias. Men are at a high risk for this type of Hernia, and should take extra care to watch their bodies and address any unusual signs. An inguinal hernia occurs when the structures of the groin are compromised and the intestines or bladder protrude through the abdominal wall or into the inguinal canal.

There are two types, typical and incarcerated. Typical Hernias occur when you’re able to push the components that have compromised the groin structure back into their permanent areas. Incarcerated Hernias are very serious and need to be addressed immediately due to their life-threatening nature. Incarcerated Hernias occur when the abdomen or intestinal components are stuck (incarcerated) in the abdomen wall, they are often cut off from blood circulation – the life-threatening aspect to Incarcerated Hernias.

Signs and Symptoms

You know your body, so if you see anything unusual in your genital area – check it out and look for these signs and symptoms of Inguinal Hernias. When you’re upright, look at either side of your pubic bone, do you see an unusual bulge? This might be a Hernia that needs to be addressed, if you cough or strain and it gets more noticeable – seek medical attention right away.  If at any time you feel burning or aching anywhere around your groin, check for bulges and if you see one – seek medical attention.

Other symptoms are pain and discomfort around the groin when bending over, coughing, or lifting. A heavy or dragging sensation in the groin area, along with weakness or pressure. Also look for pain or swelling around the testicles, this can mean the protruding components have descended into the scrotum.

The following signs and symptoms can indicate an incarcerated hernia, so if you or a loved one are experiencing these issues please contact a physician:

  • Vomiting/nausea
  • Fever
  • Sudden, intensifying pain
  • Inability to move bowels or pass gas
  • Dark, red or purple bulge

Addressing Hernias early can increase success in their treatment. Use these signs to accurately diagnose an Inguinal Hernia and seek treatment. Medical help should always be sought before taking any other actions.

Other Types of Hernias

Incisional Hernia

If your medical history includes abdominal surgery, this hernia may be of special interest to you. These most often occur to the elderly or people who are physically inactive and larger after abdominal surgery. The intestines will push through the abdominal wall where the surgery incision was made, hence the name incisional.

Umbilical Hernia

Focus in on the navel – or belly button – and you find the location of umbilical hernias. This hernia occurs when sections of the small intestine compromise the abdominal wall, common in newborns, obese women, and those who have birthed many children.

Hiatal Hernia

For the final hernia type, we’re looking at the hiatus. No not the break you want to take from work, the opening through the diaphragm that allows your esophagus to reach your tummy.  Your upper stomach protrudes through the opening, and you’re left with a hiatal hernia.

Read our illustrated guide in the articles section.

Our Hernia Trusses

Left, Right, or Double Inguinal Hernia Truss

AT Surgical’s Left, Right or Double Sided Inguinal/Groin Hernia Truss is made with a soft pad that applies gradual pressure and support to the weakened muscles of the groin with focused compression on the hernia. Designed to provide relief from an a reducible inguinal hernia in your right groin – post or pre-surgery. The inguinal hernia truss will provide you with the support and comfort needed to maintain your active lifestyle.

  • Alleviates discomfort of reducible hernias
  • The Inguinal Hernia Truss is designed to provide relief from a reducible inguinal hernia in your groin – post or pre-surgery
  • Provides constant, comfortable and adjustable pressure to the hernia
  • Over-the-brief style of hernia support, worn inconspicuously under clothing – may be used while bathing or swimming
  • Easy to slip on and off
  • Measure around the waist for sizing (see Size Chart tab)
  • Made in the USA

Universal 9″ Tall Abdominal Binder with 3 Panels & Universal 12″ Tall Abdominal Binder with 4 Panels

The Abdominal Binder is recommended for abdominal hernia reduction, postpartum recovery, bariatric support, and flattening and slimming of the abdomen. Conforms to body contour for support and proper compression, helping to speed recovery, increase circulation and reduce pain from movement or coughing.

  • Firmly holds dressings in proper position
  • Great for post-surgical recovery!
  • Garment stays in place – won’t roll or chafe
  • Exclusive A-T Multiple Lock Stitch and high-quality fabric
  • Soft, breathable elastic (made of nylon, polyester and Lycra) ensures comfort, durability and consistent
  • compression strength
  • Universal fit

Umbilical Navel Hernia Belt with Sacro Pad

The umbilical hernia belt/truss provides significant relief from abdominal pain associated with an umbilical hernia.

  • Foam pad adds rigidity, padding, and provides a non-elastic zone that helps to direct compression on the hernia
  • Cotton/elastic blend provide breathable, comfortable support
  • Dual Velcro strips ensure positive closure and adjustment
  • Measure around abdomen (belly) for a proper fit. Waist (pant) size may not be a good indicator for size as most people need to wear the belt closer to the belly and not the hips. The belt is intended to fit tight and provide compression
  • Belt measures 41″ L x 6″ W