A 43-year-old member asked:
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what are the symptoms of a ventral hernia?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
43 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Lump, pain: A ventral hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall muscle that allows abdominal organs to protrude causing a lump or mass. If these organs are squeezed or trapped in the defect then pain can ensue. Pain is relieved by reducing the hernia contents or laying down.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
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Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
Pain and/or bulging: A ventral hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which intra-abdominal contents may pass. This may cause a bulge under the skin that can enlarge over time, and/or cause pain an discomfort with activity, or when you are leaning against a counter. See a general surgeon with experience utilizing a variety of techniques for repair to in out which one suits you best.
Answered on Jan 6, 2016
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Dr. Zeenat Hasan
13 years experience Bariatrics
It can vary but: in general symptoms include abdominal pain/discomfort, tugging/pulling sensation, bulge/protrusion of the abdominal wall, sometimes even nausea or redness over the skin. If you have a sudden increase in pain, nausea/vomiting, skin changes, fevers/chills then you should go to an ER immediately. However, ventral hernias can also be asymptomatic and cause no problems.
Answered on Mar 9, 2017
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Dr. Stephen Jarrard
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Of course!: Usually not difficult. See a surgeon for history and physical exam to properly diagnose and plan repair. Be well!
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