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A 37-year-old male asked:

Please provide some do's and don'ts on living with a hernia.

18 doctor answers22 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Durgin
Surgery 21 years experience
Ignore: Avoid actions that would increase intraabdomimal pressure such: lifting, straining , coughing, or any type of strenuous physical activity.
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 36 years experience
Ignore: Don't live with it, get it fixed. It will get bad ; you may need some intestine cut out ; an ostomy.
Dr. Irina Kovatch
Surgery 15 years experience
Ignore: Avoid heavy lifting, constipation, chronic cough, urinary straining. Best fix - surgical repair.
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Ignore: Where? All are bulges and keeping them reduced and non painful,is important. Get fixed soon.
Dr. Randall Zuckerman
Surgery 26 years experience
Ignore: A hernia if it doesn't bother you should not limit your activities. Seek help for pain!
Dr. Peter Lydon
General Surgery 40 years experience
Limit: Limit your activity only by discomfort and see a physician ASAP if the hernia hurts acutely.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Ignore: Do not lift heavy weights if you have a hernia.
Dr. Stephen Jarrard
General Surgery 22 years experience
Ignore: Don't strain or do heavy lifting. Anything increasing pressure in your abdomen will make it worse.
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
Surgery 44 years experience
Ignore: If painful or hard to reduce, see a surgeon right away.
Dr. John Choi
General Surgery 19 years experience
Ignore: Would avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activities if they cause pain, see a general surgeon.
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 32 years experience
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.
Dr. Elvira Klause
29 years experience
Ignore: Refrain from heavy lifting or strenuous exercise. If painful seek medical help.
Dr. Jon Krook
General Surgery 25 years experience
Ignore: Do: get it checked out by a surgeon. If it is symptomatic (painful) it should be fixed.
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Ignore: Do walk even with a hernia. Do not let hernia get in the way of life.
Dr. Zbigniew Moszczynski
General Surgery 30 years experience
Ignore: See a surgeon to evaluate your risk of complications if herniated not fixed. Avoid heavy lifting.
Dr. Marcus Free
General Surgery 28 years experience
Ignore: Avoid straining your abdomen, don't lift heavy objects, see a surgeon if it changes- pain, size, etc.
Dr. Scott Grover
Surgery 27 years experience
Ignore: If not fixed, it must be monitored for incarceration- getting stuck because it can then strangulate.
Dr. Angelina Postoev md facs
General Surgery 18 years experience
Ignore: Elective surgery runs much lower complication risk then emergency. Do not wait, till it's too late.

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Last updated Nov 27, 2017

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