A 37-year-old male asked:
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please provide some do's and don'ts on living with a hernia.

25 doctor answers
Dr. Jeff Durgin
19 years experience General Surgery
Ignore: Avoid actions that would increase intraabdomimal pressure such: lifting, straining , coughing, or any type of strenuous physical activity.
Answered on Apr 27, 2015
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Dr. Paul Harper
51 years experience General Surgery
Ignore: Don't ignore it and do get it fixed.
Answered on Oct 1, 2017
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
34 years experience General Surgery
Ignore: Don't live with it, get it fixed. It will get bad ; you may need some intestine cut out ; an ostomy.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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Dr. Irina Kovatch
13 years experience General Surgery
Ignore: Avoid heavy lifting, constipation, chronic cough, urinary straining. Best fix - surgical repair.
Answered on May 6, 2014
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Ignore: Where? All are bulges and keeping them reduced and non painful,is important. Get fixed soon.
Answered on May 23, 2014
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Ignore: Do: get it repaired Don't: ignore it.
Answered on Jun 7, 2014
Dr. Bradford Romans
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Ignore: Most can be repaired electively.
Answered on Jun 8, 2014
Dr. Randall Zuckerman
24 years experience General Surgery
Ignore: A hernia if it doesn't bother you should not limit your activities. Seek help for pain!
Answered on Jun 12, 2014
Dr. Peter Lydon
38 years experience General Surgery
Limit: Limit your activity only by discomfort and see a physician ASAP if the hernia hurts acutely.
Answered on Jun 27, 2014
Dr. Karen Dantin
36 years experience Family Medicine
Ignore: Monitor progress.
Answered on Jul 2, 2014
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
Ignore: Do not lift heavy weights if you have a hernia.
Answered on Jul 29, 2014
Dr. Stephen Jarrard
20 years experience General Surgery
Ignore: Don't strain or do heavy lifting. Anything increasing pressure in your abdomen will make it worse.
Answered on Jul 28, 2014
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
42 years experience General Surgery
Ignore: If painful or hard to reduce, see a surgeon right away.
Answered on Sep 16, 2014
Dr. John Choi
Dr. John Choi answered
17 years experience General Surgery
Ignore: Would avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activities if they cause pain, see a general surgeon.
Answered on Dec 11, 2014
Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
As tolerated : Do: see your doctor for a consultation for a comete evaluation. All hernias are not the same. Do: Set a reason why you would have it repaired - fix a problem and/or prevent it from getting worse. Do: Acitvity as tolerated by pain/discomfort. Don't: Let it get larger or more painful without a consultation with a general surgeon. Check the Americas Hernia Society for surgeons interested in hernia.
Answered on Mar 6, 2015
Dr. Elvira Klause
27 years experience General Surgery
Ignore: Refrain from heavy lifting or strenuous exercise. If painful seek medical help.
Answered on Apr 18, 2015
Dr. Jon Krook
Dr. Jon Krook answered
23 years experience General Surgery
Ignore: Do: get it checked out by a surgeon. If it is symptomatic (painful) it should be fixed.
Answered on May 25, 2015
Dr. Randy Stevens
23 years experience General Surgery
Ignore: Do walk even with a hernia. Do not let hernia get in the way of life.
Answered on May 31, 2015
Dr. Stephen Hirshorn
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Ignore: Try to achieve recommended BMI.
Answered on Jul 16, 2015
Dr. Zbigniew Moszczynski
28 years experience General Surgery
Ignore: See a surgeon to evaluate your risk of complications if herniated not fixed. Avoid heavy lifting.
Answered on Sep 14, 2015
Dr. Michael Sawyer
35 years experience General Surgery
Ignore: Seek medical attention for a hernia that cannot be reduced (pushed back in).
Answered on Sep 17, 2015
Dr. Marcus Free
26 years experience General Surgery
Ignore: Avoid straining your abdomen, don't lift heavy objects, see a surgeon if it changes- pain, size, etc.
Answered on Nov 7, 2015
Dr. Scott Grover
25 years experience General Surgery
Ignore: If not fixed, it must be monitored for incarceration- getting stuck because it can then strangulate.
Answered on Nov 19, 2015
Dr. Angelina Postoev md facs
16 years experience General Surgery
Ignore: Elective surgery runs much lower complication risk then emergency. Do not wait, till it's too late.
Answered on Jan 11, 2016
Dr. Herve Dumont
40 years experience General Surgery
Ignore: See a general surgeon.
Answered on Jun 13, 2017

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