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A 37-year-old member asked:

what kind of doctor fixes umbilical hernias?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
General Surgeons: All general surgeons have extensive training in hernia repair during their residency. Umbilical hernias are one of the most common operations performed by general surgeons. This may be done with or without mesh depending on the size of the hernia, the size of the patient, the activity level of the patient, and their overall health.
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
General Surgeon: Usually a general surgeon. Plastic surgeons will sometimes perform a repair when it is part of another plastic surgical procedure such as a tummy tuck.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Are hernias inherited?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Some are.: Hernias develop due to weak points in the abdominal wall. Many of these form as "birth defects" during fetal life without any clear hereditary component. Others may develop due to an inherited weakness in the way collagen crosslinks. Still others may form following trauma such as a surgical incision.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Are bilateral femoral hernias common?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes, in women.: In general, hernias are much more common in men than women (these are typically groin or inguinal hernias); however, femoral hernias are more common in women. Likewise, it is more common to have a hernia on one side rather than both, but "double" hernias do occur in about 10% of people who have a hernia on one side.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is there such a thing as a sports hernia?

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Dr. Paul Harper
General Surgery 52 years experience
Yes: A sports hernia is a much more significant injury than a standard run-of-the-mill inguinal (groin) hernia. The damage is usually much more significant. I have seen several of these during my career and they are very difficult to fix properly. Nerves tend to be damaged, floor of the inguinal canal instead of being weakened is torn, and the sports hernia can encompass several layers instead of one.
A 50-year-old member asked:

My hernia is about the size of my fist. Is that larger than normal?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: The size of a hernia varies by the location of the hernia (groin, belly button, etc) and the size of the patient. However, regardless of these variables, a fist-sized hernia is large and should be repaired sooner rather than later.
Dr. Paul Harper
Dr. Paul Harper commented
General Surgery 52 years experience
Dr. Rosen is absolutely correct. Any hernia this size is dangerous & must be fixed ASAP.
Oct 8, 2011
A 48-year-old member asked:

What does it mean for hernia to be reducible?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Can push it back in: A hernia is when abdominal contents protrude through a weakness or "hole" in the abdominal wall muscles. A hernia is called "reducible" when its contents can be pushed back into the abdominal cavity. This can occur either spontaneously or with manual pressure.

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