A gastrointestinal pathology that I just recently experienced and had surgery on was an inguinal hernia. A hernia is a protrusion of an organ or part of an organ through its surrounding tissue membranes or cavity wall. The condition may be congenital, resulting from failure of structures to completely close after birth, or it may develop due to obesity, injury, chronic illness, or surgery. The four most common types are hiatal (esophagus), inguinal (lower abdominal wall-inguinal canal), femoral (femoral canal), and umbilical(navel). If the pain is too severe, massage is contraindicated. If, however, the client is not experiencing pain, general massage may be performed, but local massage is contraindicated because the pressure of the massage could cause pain and damage to the tissues in the area. If the client has a surgical mesh, gentle pressure should only be applied over the mesh site, especially during the first 3 months after surgery. Moderate or deep pressure may disrupt the tissue-mesh relationship and potentially cause damage.

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