Article on Outlining Hernia Symptoms is An Important Reminder to Help Hernia Patients Get to their First Appointment, Notes Dr. Shirin Towfigh

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Commenting on the recent article, Dr. Towfigh says that, while the right treatment plan is obviously very important, it all starts with the patient identifying their symptoms as a possible hernia and then visiting a qualified doctor who can make the diagnosis.

Abdominal pain can be caused by a variety of conditions, but it is always important to schedule an appointment to map the source of the pain.

Dr. Towfigh notes that there are important steps that can be taken by both doctors and patients to ensure that patients receive a correct diagnosis before any damage occurs.

In an article published September 3rd on The Health Site, the author discussed several common symptoms of hernias in the context of when a patient should see a hernia specialist. The article notes that people who find that they have a tender protrusion, itching, rectal bleeding, and a variety of other symptoms should not delay scheduling an appointment to determine if they have a hernia, or any other type of medical issue that will likely require treatment. According to Dr. Shirin Towfigh, a leading hernia specialist and the head surgeon and physician of the Beverly Hills Hernia Center, getting to the initial diagnosis is a very important step that often occurs far too late in the process, if at all. Dr. Towfigh notes that there are important steps that can be taken by both doctors and patients to ensure that patients receive a correct diagnosis before any damage occurs:

  • Patients: “Reaching Out” – While doctors should be the ones held responsible for the treatment of their patients, Dr. Towfigh acknowledges that it is up to the patient to seek out treatment in the first place. All too often, she notes, too many patients attempt to “tough it out” when it comes to dealing with seemingly minor medical problems. Yet, simply because the symptoms of a medical problem may seem mild at the beginning, doesn’t mean they will remain that way. Because many patients have a preconceived notion of hernias appearing painfully and immediately when lifting, twisting, or coughing, those that develop slowly can be ignored. Just as with many other areas of medicine, preventative care is the best approach to ensure serious hernia-related pain or health effects do not occur.
  • Doctors: “Getting it Right” – Once patients take the first step to have a consultation with a hernia expert or their general physician to get to the bottom of their pain or symptoms, it is up to the physician to use all of the tools available in order to make a correct diagnosis. Far too often, Dr. Towfigh notes, the pain that female hernia patients in particular suffer from is incorrectly ascribed to some other medical condition. This initial misdiagnosis has the unfortunate effect of both prolonging the pain experienced by the patients, but also increasing the chance that the hernia may develop very serious complications. Dr. Towfigh notes that imaging technology such as MRI is an incredibly important piece in the hernia diagnostician’s toolset, and further implementation by physicians can help decrease misdiagnosis.

Dr. Towfigh concludes that patients should heed the advice of articles such as this and seek out the guidance of a hernia specialist, even if they have only the smallest suspicion that they may be suffering from a hernia. Patients interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Shirin Towfigh can contact the Beverly Hills Hernia Center at 310-358-5020 or visiting the medical center online at

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