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Do ventral hernias cause problems in children?

Do ventral hernias cause problems in children?

Sometimes: A ventral hernia is any hernia that is present along the front surface of the abdominal wall. This is most often seen at the umbilicus (belly button). Umbilical hernias in children are very common. It is generally recommended to wait till after age 5 to repair these hernias unless the child is having pain due to the hernia or it is very large, since they will often close spontaneously. Read more

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Can a hiatel hernia cause breathing or weight problems? I am a 47 yr old female.

Can a hiatel hernia cause breathing or weight problems? I am a 47 yr old female.

Maybe: Large hiatal hernias can cause shortness of breath, but this is unusual in somebody that is 47. These are also known as paraesophageal hernias, and can be diagnosed on endoscopy or upper G.I. Contrast study. Small hiatal hernias are typically completely asymptomatic. The hiatal hernia would not be associated with weight problems unless it prevented you from eating in which case you may have unplanned weight loss. Read more

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Hernias what problems can inguinal hernias cause. I have two, one on each side?

Hernias what problems can inguinal hernias cause. I have two, one on each side?

Pain and a lump: Inguinal hernias typically cause pain or discomfort of varying levels. Left untreated, there is a low likelihood they will get worse. Fixing them requires a surgical procedure, which is also low risk, but has a failure rate of 1-10% depending on the surgeon and the technique. A laparoscopic repair by a surgeon experienced with the technique is probably best for bilateral hernia repair. Read more

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Is it likely that someone with an umbilical hernia (that's not visible or causing problems) will cause major problems in the future?

Is it likely that someone with an umbilical hernia (that's not visible or causing problems) will cause major problems in the future?

Possible: Overtly large umbilical hernias are less likely to get trapped with gut and strangulate, while not visible ones may and lead to vague symptoms of nausea/vomit and poorly localized pain. Suggest MD to discuss, assess and determine treatment plan depending on your symptoms and objective findings. Read more

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Can a very small umbilical hernia cause digestive problems?

Can a very small umbilical hernia cause digestive problems?

Very unlikely: If the hernia is small and reducible (you can push it back in) it is unlikely to cause problems. If the hernia ever causes you pain or you cannot push it back in, that needs to be evaluated by a physician right away. Read more

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Can a already fixed diaphragmatic hernia cause later on respiratory problems?

Can a already fixed diaphragmatic hernia cause later on respiratory problems?

Possibly: In the case of congenital diaphragmatic hernia, there is usually some degree of pulmonary hypoplasia (lung underdevelopment) which can lead to chronic pulmonary problems. In addition, there is some risk of hernia recurrence which would cause pulmonary problems from the abdominal organs herniating through the diaphragm into the chest and compressing the lung (s). Read more

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After you fix a diaphragmatic hernia can it cause respiratory problems later on?

After you fix a diaphragmatic hernia can it cause respiratory problems later on?

Maybe: There is a spectrum of maldevelopment of the lungs in babies with diaphragmatic hernia. It can be mild with little or no symptoms to requiring tracheostomy and chronic oxygen. Read more

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I had a rather large hernia repair with mesh years ago and since then have developed a diastasis recti, will this cause me any problems?

I had a rather large hernia repair with mesh years ago and since then have developed a diastasis recti, will this cause me any problems?

Most do not: But if the issue is where your repair was done, then it may be ventral recurrent hernia and not diastasis.
Worth seeing your general surgeon. Read more

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I have a medium hiatal hernia. The only problem it seems to cause me is globus. Ideas/tips for easing globus or for trying to correct/improve hernia?

I have a medium hiatal hernia. The only problem it seems to cause me is globus. Ideas/tips for easing globus or for trying to correct/improve hernia?

Hiatal hernia: The hiatal hernia can be safely observed. If it ever becomes large (paraesophageal hernia), it will likely take 20 years or more, and is unlikely to happen. The globus sensation (something sticking in throat) is poorly understood, and not treatable, but also not dangerous. Try keeping a log of what makes it worse, and avoid those food items. Hope this helps! Read more

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Can a small hiatal hernia cause heart problem of any kind?

Can a small hiatal hernia cause heart problem of any kind?

No: What is of importance is that symptoms that may suggest a hiatal hernia may be cardiac in origin. That is why it is important to receive a thorough history and physical examination by your primary care physician and decipher between the symptoms and the primary source. This may require some specific testing and trial of some medical therapy. Read more

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I am having umbilical hernia repair mesh this monday. Plan to have baby after waiting six months. Can mesh cause problem for the baby..

I am having umbilical hernia repair mesh this monday. Plan to have baby after waiting six months. Can mesh cause problem for the baby..

Should be fine: It will almost certainly be fine. I have seen women get pregnant after mesh ventral and umbilical hernia repair with a couple different techniques and mesh and they were fine. Both mother and baby. You will want to get the operative report and discuss with your OB however in the event you need a c-section. A smaller mesh done with the open technique may be bwtter for this. Hope this helps! Read more

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I have had an abdominal hernia mesh repair can lifying weight cause a diverification recti will physiotherapy help or cause more problems?

Unclear?: Not sure what your question is, but in general, you're activity level should be based on pain and discomfort, not the fact that you had a hernia repair or a diastasis recti. By the way, the diastasis will not get better with exercise. The exercise will however probably make you feel better. Hope this helps! Read more

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Can a hernia near your groin cause problems with urination?

Can a hernia near your groin cause problems with urination?

Maybe: A groin or inguinal hernia could cause some local pressure sensation or a feeling that you would need to urinate more frequently. If the hernia is large, rarely the urinary bladder could partially be in the hernia. Most likely it could just be a local sensation of mild irritation from the hernia. Read more

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Can hiatal hernia cause problems with my lower extremities spine?

Can hiatal hernia cause problems with my lower extremities spine?

No. Typically pain: Referred to the back will just cause back pain without radiation into the legs. There can be multiple reasons for that referred pain from the abdominal or pelvic region but pain in the back with radiation into the legs is most likely related to a primary spine issue like a disc problem. If symptoms warrant it, see your doctor or a physiatrist, neurologist, neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon. Read more

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If I was to become pregnant a month after hiatial hernia repair, would it be life threatening or cause problems? I don't plan on it I'm just curious.

Hiatal hernia: In general, that should be fine. We usually tell patients to wait 6 weeks after surgery before doing anything strenuous, but getting pregnant should be fine. Read more

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