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A 53-year-old male asked:

i'm beginning to get a small pop out near my navel. i'm guessing its a hernia, sometimes it is uncomfortable but most times not. what should i do?

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Dr. Jumnah Thanapathy
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Hernia: This is most likely a hernia which is a ballooning of a defect in the abdominal wall.. These sometimes can have bowel come in and out of it. There is a danger of bowel strangulating in the pouch and if this happens it is dangerous. Please see your doctor.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Get checked: Your doctor will be able to tell you.
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
See a Hernia Surgeon: What you are describing sounds like an umbilical hernia; this can be confirmed by a simple physical exam and easily repaired via outpatient surgery. The decision regarding hernia repair is based on risks v.Benefits: the benefit of repair is pain-relief and prevention of bowel getting "stuck" in the hernia (which is a surgical emergency); the risk of surgery depends on your age and overall health.

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