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A 28-year-old male asked:

I have an umbilical hernia, i was meant to have surgery but didn't. i have to fly on 4 days. should i be worried? i'm in a lot of pain

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Yes, you should be: worried if you are in a lot of pain. If your pain is related to the hernia, you should not wait to have surgery as pain usually means incarcerated bowel and the failure to release it could lead to bowel death with resulting resection of affected intestine. Please go to the ER right away.

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Last updated May 16, 2015

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