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Can adults get umbilical hernias?

Can adults get umbilical hernias?

Yes: Umbilical hernias are quite common in adults. Very often, a small hernia may be present at birth which may temporarily close off. In adulthood, stress to the abdominal wall that may occur with pregnancy, weight gain, excessive lifting, etc., may lead to this hernia re-forming. ...Read more

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Can abdominal hernias in children rupture?

Can abdominal hernias in children rupture?

Words matter: Some call a hernia a rupture, signifying the move of an abdominal organ out of its normal location, moving thru a barrier.The belly button or midline abdominal hernia is usually benigh.The belly muscles tighten with age & gradually the hernia disappears.There is some risk of the muscles tightening & trapping the hernia out-but a warm bath can relax baby & release it, if not the surgeon must fix it. ...Read more

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Can inguinal hernia get larger?

Can inguinal hernia get larger?

YES: A hernia is an organ (usually bowel) that is not on its usual anatomical location. The majority of the time, this is from a weakness in muscles that help it stay there. As muscles continue to weaken & there is continued pressure the hernia can get larger. Risks are: advanced age, obesity, heavy lifting, even chronic cough or straining to urinate since there is an increase intrabdomen pressure. ...Read more

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Can adults get appendicitis?

Can adults get appendicitis?

Yes: Anyone with an appendix can get acute appendicitis. The incidence of appendicitis is higher in certain age groups, but affects people over a wide spectrum of ages. I have done appendectomies in 7 year olds and 87 year olds. ...Read more

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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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Are umbilical hernias normal on newborns, would they need surgery?

Are umbilical hernias normal on newborns, would they need surgery?

Umbilical Hernia: Umbilical hernias are extremely common and almost never require surgery. They generally gradually close on their own. They do not require taping or other interventions despite the fact the they become quite prominent when the baby cries. You should make sure that your diagnosis is correct by seeing your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can hiatal hernias get bigger? Can any docs explain?

Yes: Just like any other kind of hernia, hiatal hernias can get larger over time. As hernias get larger, they tend to become more symptomatic. ...Read more

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Can you die from an umbilical hernia?

Can you die from an umbilical hernia?

Unlikely: Umbilical hernias come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and can cause a variety of problems. While in theory it is possible to due from an untreated hernia that becomes acutely incarcerated and strangulated, it is very uncommon. Best to see you primary care provider, and consider a consultation with a general surgeon to find out more about your specific case. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Daughter with inguinal hernia more prone to other hernias?

Daughter with inguinal hernia more prone to other hernias?

Not necessarily: These hernias can be congenital, born with it, or acquired in life. In an infant with hernia on one side there is high probability for the opposite side to be involved. ...Read more

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Could lifting (eg babies and young children) affect an hiatus hernia?

Could lifting (eg babies and young children) affect an hiatus hernia?

Hiatal hernia: Many people with reflux have a hiatal hernia. Not all people with hiatal hernias have reflux. The symptoms of hiatal hernia may be subtle, or none at all. Lifting babies and/or children can cause an increase in intrabdominal pressure. This could affect reflux and increase pressure on a hiatal hernia. But, so too would sneezing, coughing, or any straining. It is safe to do so no need to worry. ...Read more

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Cirrhosis pt had 2 separate inguinal hernias repaired, now navel hernia can this also be repaired? Ascites present.

Cirrhosis pt had 2 separate  inguinal hernias repaired, now navel hernia can this also be repaired? Ascites present.

umbilical hernia: In a cirrhosis patient who has ascites, the liver disease is quite advanced. Therefore, any surgery can put the patient at significant risk. For an umbilical (navel) hernia, it should not be repaired in this type of patient unless it is an emergency. ...Read more

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Can a sliding hiatal hernia ever get well by itself?

Can a sliding hiatal hernia ever get well by itself?

Not really: These types of hernias won't fix themselves, but really are not dangerous or need treatment. They are fixed during operations performed for reflux disease, But otherwise just left alone. They can get larger over the years, but there's no specific activities or diet to avoid to prevent this. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Why do men develop a large belly as they get older?

Why do men develop a large belly as they get older?

Fat distribution: I don't think many of them are aware, but the fat distribution is rather predictable. Most understand that the belly wall contains some, since they loose their belly button in a deep pit. The other usual distribution is in packets of fat that cling to the inside of the belly, hanging off the tissue that lines the intestines. This pushes the belly wall forward. ...Read more

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How can some children be malnourished if they have bulging, round bellies?

How can some children be malnourished if they have bulging, round bellies?

Protein malnutrition: The protein in our diet is converted to usable aminoacids and plasma proteins that keep fluid inside blood vessels during the bloods transit throughout the body. Malnourished kids leak enema fluid (water) into the organs & tissues because there is not enough protein in the blood to keep it from happening. The kids may look fat, but rather than fat this is water in organs & tissues. ...Read more

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How much can an inguinal hernia in men hurt?

How much can an inguinal hernia in men hurt?

Variable: Most inguinal hernias in men will cause mild local aching pressure at times. If a hernia becomes large and incarcerated, this type of hernia can be very firm groin swelling and painful and need emergency medical evaluation. ...Read more

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How can you identify an umbiliical hernia?

Lump and/ or pain: You may feel a lump and/or have pain immediately under your belly button. You may also feel the lump come and go, or actually be able to push the lump back through the hernia defect and in to the abdominal cavity. ...Read more

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Can you get abdominal adhesions from a laparoscopic bilateral hernia repair?

Can you get abdominal adhesions from a laparoscopic bilateral hernia repair?

Yes: Yes you can, but one of the advantages of laparascopic surgery is decreased risk of significant adhesions. You can discuss the risks and benefits of laparoscopy with your surgeon. ...Read more

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