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i am 88 and too old for surgery, i have incisional hernia and want a natural way to help. can you recommend something?

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Dr. Gary Lawson
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Geriatrics: No, you are not too old for surgery physiology and co-mornidities determine surgical risk. Not your age.
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 15 years experience
Hernia Belt: There are hernia belts that work to keep the hernias reduced. They aren't great but something to try if you really do not want surgery.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
No pain, do nothing: Being 88 and you are still blogging is a good sign..Kudo to you grandma! anyhow, incisional hernia is often large and may not cause pain and is not dangerous. If you are not having pain, you need not do anything. You can use some belly-support similar to those use in pregnancy to keep comfortable. Surgical supply store may have support belts as well. Consult your doc. Good luck.
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 36 years experience
See below: Possibly the best remedy for someone who cannot have surgery is an abdominal binder. The external compression should help somewhat with comfort during the day. Speak to your doctor about it.

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