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Have umbelical hernia that went back into place after viewing on ct scan. will i still need surfery? two doctors felt and told me i had a umbilical hernia and needed surgery and now im unclear if i still will.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Well, : Well, here is the thing about hernias. They can pop in and pop back out again. So, just because the material that was protruding through the hernia has flattened out, doesn't mean it won't happen again. If one of the doctors who evaluated you was a general surgeon, i don't think i would ignore that medical counsel.
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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
It : It is not uncommon for the contents of a hernia to "yo-yo" in and out of the hernia sac. The decision to repair an umbilical hernia is dependent upon the size of the hernia, the presence or absence of any symptoms, and one's ability to tolerate the "stress" of surgery. I suggest that you meet with a hernia surgeon (if you haven't already done so) to clarify this situation and learn your options. Good luck!
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Dr. David Henry
General Surgery 13 years experience
Umbilical Hernia: You should definitely see a general surgeon, if you haven't already. If the hernia is bothersome to you or causes pain, then it should likely be fixed. Depending on the size of the hernia and your surgical history, the surgeon may discuss open surgery (single larger incision) or laparoscopic surgery (multiple smaller incisions).
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Last updated Jan 5, 2019

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