A 37-year-old male asked:
please provide some do's and don'ts on living with a hernia.
25 doctor answers
Dr. Jeff Durgin answered
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
Dr. Paul Harper answered
51 years experience General Surgery
Ignore: Don't ignore it and do get it fixed.
Answered on Oct 1, 2017
Dr. Andrew Hoffman answered
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
Dr. Irina Kovatch answered
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 answered
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 answered
Specializes in Family Medicine
Ignore: Do: get it repaired Don't: ignore it.
Answered on Jun 7, 2014
Ignore: Most can be repaired electively.
Answered on Jun 8, 2014
Dr. Randall Zuckerman answered
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 answered
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 answered
36 years experience Family Medicine
Ignore: Monitor progress.
Answered on Jul 2, 2014
Dr. John Munshower answered
29 years experience Family Medicine
Ignore: Do not lift heavy weights if you have a hernia.
Answered on Jul 29, 2014
Dr. Stephen Jarrard answered
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 answered
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 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 answered
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 answered
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 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 answered
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
Ignore: Try to achieve recommended BMI.
Answered on Jul 16, 2015
Dr. Zbigniew Moszczynski answered
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 answered
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 answered
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 answered
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 answered
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
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