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I have an incisional hernia in my abdomen. I've already had several repaired. Is there anything that i can do to keep it from strangulating?

I have an incisional hernia in my abdomen.   I've already had several repaired.    Is there anything that i can do to keep it from strangulating?

Recurrent hernia: Recurrent incisonal hernias are a challenge. Risks for re-recurrence are related to overall health. Smokers and overweight patients have the highest risk of recurrence. An abdominal binder may be worn to help hold the hernias in place throughout the day to prevent incarceration and strangulation. If you experience pain, you should lay down and attempt to reduce the hernia. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


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My abdomen around my incisional hernia is tender and bloated is this bad?

My abdomen around my incisional hernia is tender and bloated is this bad?

Maybe: Tenderness and bloating at the site of an incisional hernia can indicate intermittent and partial blockage of the intestines. You shoul see a general surgeon for a consultation. ...Read more

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I have a bulge the size of a football in my lower abdomen after my incisional hernia in december? I've had a ultra sound and it isn't another hernia

I have a bulge the size of a football in my lower abdomen after my incisional hernia in december? I've had a ultra sound and it isn't another hernia

Was mesh used?: If mesh was used for the repair, the bulge may be normal. It is important to rule out a recurrent hernia, and other reasons for masses like a hematoma if you just had the surgery. Best to follow-up with your general surgeon. A history and physical exam should help narrow the possibilities. ...Read more

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Can an abdominal incisional hernia cause nausea, bloating at times & constipation?

Can an abdominal incisional hernia cause nausea, bloating at times & constipation?

Incisional Hernia: If a portion of your intestine gets stuck in the incisional hernia, then it can cause symptoms of nausea, bloating and constipation. If you are having these symptoms then you should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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How will i know what does an incisional hernia feel like and what are the symptoms?

How will i know what does an incisional hernia feel like and what are the symptoms?

Pain and lump: Usually discomfort and swelling or lump forms under the scar at the site of prior surgery. Physical examination with your doctor is the best place to start. ...Read more

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Incisional hernia. Is the mesh uncomfortable?

Depends: There are many types of mesh so part of the answer depends on what type of mesh is used some mesh is absorbable or partly absorbable so that can leave less foreign body. Mostly i would answer this one no. ...Read more

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2months post op incisional hernia repair with mesh . Still looks like a hernia to me why?

Could be fluid: Post-operative seromas, a collection of fluid at the site of an incision, may cause some protrusion under the skin, looking like a hernia. It is possible that there is a recurrent hernia also, the only way to know, is to have your surgeon examine you and if necessary to get additional imaging studies. Make an appointment ...Read more

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Have an incisional hernia, surgery not for 2 months. Ok to exercise strenuously until then?

Why not: Yes you can and there is no reason why you can not as long as it does not cause you any discomfort and/or pain. ...Read more

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I have 19 incisions from incisional hernia repair recently, when will i be able to lay on my sides again?

I have 19 incisions from incisional hernia repair recently, when will i be able to lay on my sides again?

As tolerated: Sounds like you had a laparoscopic incisional hernia repair. This is quite painful, often more so than the operation that caused the hernia. Try aspercreme or myoflex cream. Just rub it on your belly where it hurts. It will get better with time, usually 3-6 weeks. Hang in there! ...Read more