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Does my hiatal hernia increases my chances of dangerous bacterial infections?

Does my hiatal hernia increases my chances of dangerous bacterial infections?

No: It only increases your chance of suffering from heartburn or swallowing problems. If you have either, see your physician. ...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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How safe from infection am I with stratis mess stoma hernia repair? I am 62 yr old female. Lap ventral

How safe from infection am I with stratis mess stoma hernia repair? I am 62 yr old female. Lap ventral

Mesh repair: Peri-stomal hernias can be difficult to repair. Laparoscopic repair with biologic mesh such as Strattice mesh is a good and safe option for some. Biologic mesh has a very low infection risk for this type of surgery. Surgeon would need to be well trained in laparoscopic surgery procedures. ...Read more

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How can I know where the infection is coming from? 4 weeks post large incisional hernia repair with infected fluid drainage. Mesh or tissue?

How can I know where the infection is coming from? 4 weeks post large incisional hernia repair with infected fluid drainage. Mesh or tissue?

Possibly both: It is exceedingly hard to determine if a post-operative infection spares any prosthetic material that was implanted, including mesh; if the infection approaches the material, we assume it is infected. Due to the risk of treatment failure if infected foreign material is left in place, it is generally recommended by id to remove any prosthetic material in these situations. ...Read more

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I have pain in my Left testical and bladder. The doctor thinks it is infection but isn't sure. Could it be torsion or a hernia?

I have pain in my Left testical and bladder. The doctor thinks it is infection but isn't sure. Could it be torsion or a hernia?

Could be all: It could be all those things but torsion less likely (you would have a lot of pain and that is an emergency). hernia is likely, but also an infection or inflammation of part of the testicle called the epididymis - this is referred to as epididymitis, and usually treated with antibiotics for a few days or a couple of weeks. You should probably see a urologist or surgeon next if you are not happy. ...Read more

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Hi could anyone please tell me what the symptoms would be for a hernia mesh infection and how it could be detected ? Thank you Steve.

Hi could anyone please tell me what the symptoms would be for a hernia mesh infection and how it could be detected ? Thank you  Steve.

Depends on hernia: The answer depends on a few things: where is the hernia, when was it fixed, etc. The most common symptoms are fever, pain, redness over the area, and drainage from the wound. It would be detected with physical examination that may need to be augmented with an imaging study. hernia mesh gets infected uncommonly. It is more likely to occur in cases where the intestine was removed. ...Read more

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Does my hiatal hernia increases my chances of dangerous fungal infections?

Does my hiatal hernia increases my chances of dangerous fungal infections?

No: Hiatal hernias are generally only of consequence when very large. These large hiatal hernias are called paraesophageal hernias. They can cause symptoms like chest pain, difficulty swallowing, reflux, and anemia to name a few. Not sure why you are linking these to fungal infections, but there is no obvious connection. If vomiting is a problem, recurrent pneumonia could have a fungal element. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more