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Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Recovery
Diastasis recti: Diastasis recti (also known as abdominal separation) is a disorder defined as a separation of the rectus abdominis muscle into right and left halves. Normally, the two sides of the muscle are joined at the linea alba at the body midline. It is essentially a cosmetic condition, with no associated morbidity or mortality. ...Read more
Perinatologist: First start with a perinatologist (maternal-fetal medicine specialist). They'll screen the infant for other birth defects and/or chromosomal problems. Depending on what they find, they'll coordinate delivery with a pediatric surgeon if needed & a neonatologist. But first start with a good mfm specialist. Best wishes to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been having a sharp pain in the lower right side of my abdomin. I was told that I might have abdominal wall pain. What exactlly is this?
Muscular Pain: The abdominal wall consists of multiple muscle layers. Like anywhere on the body, a pulled muscle can cause significant, lingering pain. Since we use our core muscles for most activities, it can be difficult to rest these muscles. Pain from the abdominal wall can be difficult to distinguish from "internal" abdominal organ pain; muscular pain tends to be unrelated to food & worsened by activity. ...Read more
Usually nothing: The opening on the abdominal wall is small and just large enough for the colostomy to fit. The edges of the colostomy are then tacked down to the surrounding skin to seal the area. Rarely does anything go wrong. Occassionally there might be a paracolostomy hernia that then needs repair or a prolapse or dropping out of the colostomy itself that needs to be fixed. ...Read more
Are there exercises which strengthens the abdominal wall and which can help against developing a hernia in first place?
No: Many people with strong abdominal muscles get hernias, and many people with weaker muscles don't have hernias. There is most likely a genetic predisposition to hernia formation based on the types of connective tissue that any given individual has. Keep exercising though, its great for lots of other things! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abdominal symptoms: The tests of abdominal xray and "echo" of the back of the abdominal wall (probably abdominal ultrasound) are typically used to evaluate abdominal symptoms or concerns. The xray can provide information on the status of bowel distension, presence of stones, etc, and the abdominal ultrasound can provide info on kidney, liver, gallbladder, pelvic organs, etc. ...Read more
I coughed so hard I tore my abdominal wall and caused a hematoma. Two weeks later and still in a lot of pain. How long till pain goes away...
Strain: Severe strain with tearing of muscle fibers may take a little longer to heal. Rib fractures can also occur with hard coughing. At this time I would try intermittent heat to the area which may help the healing process. Hold onto the injured area if you must cough or sneeze and avoid other strain as well. ...Read more
How does wearing an abdominal binder help resolve a seroma and a weak spot in the abdominal wall?
How do u know if hematoma needs to be drained? Just got diagnosed with golf ball size postprocedural hematoma of abdominal wall. Causing pain
Certain situations: Reasons to drain a hematoma might include enlarging size that suggests ongoing bleeding, infection, compression of adjacent structures, or external bleeding. If none of these are present, the hematoma will get reabsorbed over time on its own. Speak with your surgeon if you are concerned about it. ...Read more
What could cause me to feel like cold drinks are going down my right abdominal wall. Down where my belly button and intestines are. Could you explain?
Sensitivity: Cold is cold- whether swallowed or touched. ...Read more
Hi I had 80mg of kenalog on 4/11/16 on left abdominal wall ultra sound guided. I'm experiencing quite a few of the side effects, how long does this st?
Not related: An injection this far ago is likely not the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more
Is loosing weight initially associated with early symptom of ingenuial hernia? When abdominal wall weakens does blood test show anything?
Hernias: Hernias can protrude with weight loss. The fat that was plugging the opening may shrink and allow fat or abdominal organs to protrude. You should start with a physical exam to see if your hernia can be felt. A general surgeon or general internist can examine you. If it is small, an ultrasound or ct scan can image the hernia. Blood tests will not help. ...Read more
Brief twinges of slight pain to right of belly button. Definitely near surface/abdominal wall. Only during day, usually with gas. Is it gas?
When I do a crunch my abdominal wall axis protrudes up like a pup tent. Is this a lateral hernia or a diastis recti? No protruding lumps when relaxed.
Diastasis: Is likely from what you describe, if what you are seeing is located in the upper middle of the abdominal wall. Diastasis can be quite common ; nothing of concern. See your doctor if it is uncomfortable or bothersome to you to be sure it is nothing else. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Dense adhesions between the abdominal wall and gallbladder. US; distal dilation of CBD 7.7mm, no stones. 52, female, what does this mean for me?
Need more info: If you were having abdominal pain prompting the ultrasound, it could be "sludge" obstructing the common bile duct. This may not be seen as a stone on the ultrasound but may cause the same type of blockage. You need an MRCP (MRI of the biliary tree) to evaluate the common bile duct. If this shows a blockage you will need ERCP (a procedure done by a gastroenterologist) to clear the stones or sludge ...Read more
Had 4 hernias repaired n mesh. New CT had anterior abdominal wall hernia. Pain my r. Side of naval by mesh. Do I need it fixed, yes hurts off n on.
Increased risk: Abdominal wall hernias are repaired to prevent bowel from becoming stuck (incarcerated) in the hernia. Blood flow can become compromised, intestinal blockages and pain also occur. Larger hernias are safer then smaller ones. Each time a hernia is repaired the chance of success goes down. Weigh loss, smoking cessation, exercise, and good nutrition can improve your outcome. You have to weigh options ...Read more