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Hernia Surgery for ‘The Rock’
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is healing nearly superhuman fast after emergency hernia surgery. That’s right, hernia?
Wearing a Superman shirt, the forty year old Hollywood action movie star Tweeted a photo of himself in his hospital bed after having surgery Monday to repair torn abductor and abdomen muscles suffered in his WWE Champion title fight against winner John Cena.
For the rest of us mere mortals, we need to know what hernia is and how to manage it safely. A hernia is a sac formed by the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum). The sac comes through a hole or weak area in the strong layer of the belly wall that surrounds the muscle
There are usually no symptoms for hernia and this is why Johnson likely was rushed into surgery. Some people may have discomfort or pain. The discomfort may be worse when you stand, strain, or lift heavy objects. In time, most people will complain about a bump that is sore and growing.
If a hernia gets bigger, it may get stuck inside the hole and lose its blood supply. This is called “strangulation.” If this occurs, you will need urgent surgery. This is likely what happened to Mr. Johnson.
The hernia (bulge) may not be easily seen in infants and children, except when the child is crying or coughing. Surgery is the only treatment that can permanently fix a hernia. Surgery may be more risky for patients with serious medical problems. Surgery secures the weakened abdominal wall tissue (fascia) and closes any holes. Today, most hernias are closed with cloth patches to plug up the holes.