An inguinal hernia refers to a weakness in the muscle or tissue wall within the groin area (lower abdomen and upper thigh). Since the hernia is an actual hole, soft tissue from inside the abdominal cavity will protrude to the outside, resulting in a bulge. Symptoms of an inguinal hernia are often mild, and include a sharp pain or dull pressure and a sensation that something is sliding or popping in and out of the body. The soft tissue that protrudes through the hernia is usually the small or large intestine. If the intestine protruding through becomes trapped (incarcerated), it may result in increased pain. If blood is not able to get to the trapped portion of intestine, gangrene may develop, requiring emergency surgery. Patients with an incarcerated inguinal hernia will find the…
Travel Tip: New Vail Hotels
As fall gets underway, it's not too early to begin planning your winter ski vacation. As one of the biggest and most popular ski resorts in the United States, Vail, Colo., has naturally been about the powder and the slopes. Upscale resorts and restaurants were an afterthought—but that has dramatically changed in the past decade. Today in Vail, single-minded skiers coexist with those who demand fine hospitality after a long day on the slopes. For suggestions on the best new hotels in the area, read more.
Are You Arranging Your Furniture Wrong?
If the furniture isn't arranged right, even the most beautiful of rooms can fall short. So how do you create a successful layout? For starters, avoid these mistakes. But if you're guilty (we've all been there!), fear not -- it's easy to rectify with these tricks.