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What is a hernia? And what causes them? I am 57 and over the course of a year, a lump appeared on my left groin area. Now its the size of a small burrito. Doesn't cause pain unless I try to have sex. Morning erections are not as regular, but still get the

What is a hernia? And what causes them? I am 57 and over the course of a year, a lump appeared on my left groin area. Now its the size of a small burrito. Doesn't cause pain unless I try to have sex. Morning erections are not as regular, but still get the

A: A hernia is just a hole. When you get a hole or hernia in your abdominal wall musculature the abdominal contents or intestine can pass through this hole and get trapped. This is generally considered a surgical emergency and can be life threatening. Generally speaking all hernias should be looked at by a surgeon as soon as they appear. The smaller a hernia is, the easier it is to repair. ...Read more

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An erection refers to the stiff or erect penis. An erection that is " normal" means that it is ...Read more


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Could inguinal hernia surgery cause a change in the direction of my erection? I notice it points to the right now.

Could inguinal hernia surgery cause a change in the direction of my erection? I notice it points to the right now.

Unlikely: You may have peyronie's. We don't know the cause but there are lots of treatment options available including a promising biological agent the fda is currently reviewing. ...Read more

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Can a hernia cause erectile dysfunction?

Can a hernia cause erectile dysfunction?

Generally not, but..: Have your doctor check you out to make sure. ...Read more

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Could it be healthy to have trouble getting an erection if you have a hernia?

Could it be healthy to have trouble getting an erection if you have a hernia?

Hernia and ED: There are many causes for ed. The presence of hernia alone is not usually the primary cause for ed. However pain associated with a hernia, especially if severe, may certainly be a contributing component. It is perhaps wise to discuss the entire complex situation with your family physician or surgeon to thoroughly evaluate all potential causes for ed, and potentially consider repair of the hernia. ...Read more

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Can having erection effect hernia healing after open mesh surgery negatively?

Can having erection effect hernia healing after open mesh surgery negatively?

No: Basically these are separate anatomic entities. The only common part of the system is where the vas deferens goes through the abdominal wall. The actual erection of the penis is from the blood supply to the penis. ...Read more

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Had hernia surgery 1 yr ago and have hard time getting an erection is this normal?

Unrelated: Hernia surgery does not affect the involuntary nerves and blood supply to the penis and would have no affect on the ability of an erection. Discuss with your primary physician or a urologist. ...Read more

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2 months after bilateral lap. Inguinal hernia repair, I feel my erection twisted to the right, and right test hangs higher than usual. Is it related?

Doubt it: If the angulation of the penis is severe, it could represent peyronie's disease. While it appeared after a lap inguinal hernia repair, the problem is in the shaft of the penis. I don't think the repair is causative. I would see a urologist to find out more. One testis hanging higher is normal. ...Read more

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After having right inguinal hernia surgery I feel like there is change in direction of erection. It is more toward left. Is this normal?

After having right inguinal hernia surgery I feel like there is change in direction of erection. It is more toward left. Is this normal?

Not usual: During hernia repair dissection will not go towards penis, could be due temporary healing process, speak to your surgeon in your follow up visit ...Read more

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3+ mnths since lap. Inguinal hernia repair, base of the penis still sore on the right side, sperm cord achy, erection twisted. Was normal b4. Related?

3+ mnths since lap. Inguinal hernia repair, base of the penis still sore on the right side, sperm cord achy, erection twisted. Was normal b4. Related?

Delicate area: The area of the penis and scrotum are very delicate areas. The surgery you had causes a lot of trauma down there with a lot of inflammation (red, hot, swelling, tenderness). Your activity level after surgery to present may be contributing to your condition if excessive. If it is not starting to resolve, see the surgeon to be sure that you are not having an unusual problem. ...Read more

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I 70 yr. Male had angioplasty in 2004&08, am diabetic, have hernia, hydrocele & suffering from erectile dysfunction since 2004. How to correct these.

Hernia/Hcele surgery: Will take care of hernia ; hydrocele. Erectile dysfunction may respond to medication, vacuum device or best be served by surgical implantation of a penile prosthesis. Best to consult with a urologist who may be able to manage all three problems. Otherwise may be referred to a general surgeon for hernia repair. ...Read more

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Can cough cause hernia?

Can cough cause hernia?

Yes: Chronic cough, as in smokers or those with longstanding lung disease, famously places a person at additional risk for hernia. ...Read more

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What causes hernia in females?

What causes hernia in females?

Most hernias: Occur spontaneously with no cause or reason. Sometimes hernias are associated with repetitive heavy lifting, obesity or past pregnancy. Most common location of hernias are the groins or umbilical region. The cause of one type of hernia can be an incisionsl hernia caused by previous surgery. ...Read more

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Can a hernia cause a hydrocele?

Can a hernia cause a hydrocele?

Sort of: These two entities are related, especially in pediatric cases. Incomplete closure of the tunica vaginalis as the testis descends down to the scrotum can be the cause for both hydrocele and hernia. One does not cause the other. That said, hydroceles have been known to occur after hernia repair. This is felt to be related to restriction of the cord lymphatics after herniorrhaphy. ...Read more

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Can a car accident cause a hernia?

Can a car accident cause a hernia?

Yes, depending: On force of impact and location of injury. Most likely, though, a weakened area was present before the accident, and the impact was the final straw. Every case is different, so ask your surgeon for a definite opinion. ...Read more

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What are some causes of hiatal hernias?

Enlarged opening: A hiatal hernia occurs when the normal opening in the diaphragm that allows the esophagus to pass through stretches out and allows the stomach to herniate in to the chest. While genetics, trauma, and obesity can be contributing dactors, it is generally not possible to determine why some people develop them and others don't. ...Read more

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Can an unchecked hernia cause borborygmi?

Can an unchecked hernia cause borborygmi?

Could: Borborygmi (loud gurgling) can occur from lots of causes, including partial obstruction, which could be seen with a hernia. ...Read more

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Can hernia sergury cause death? If so how?

Yes, but rare: Any invasive procedure can cause problems with anesthesia, the procedure itself, or infection. Allergic reaction to a medication, abnormal bleeding that becomes severe, infection with a very aggressive organism are all rare but do happen. Technical problems with the hernia repair are more likely in high risk patients due to advanced age, diabetes, chronic illness, prior repair, obesity, etc. ...Read more

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Can working your abs cause you to get hernias?

Can working your abs cause you to get hernias?

Not cause: Physical activity does not cause hernia, but it can make them larger and appear. Usually hernias are due to a congenital weakness or after surgery. ...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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Does lifting weights long term cause hernia's?

Does lifting weights long term cause hernia's?

For Those At Risk: People are either born w/hernias (most commonly) or develop them as a "wear&tear" phenomenon. For those in the latter category, heavy lifting certainly can predispose them to developing hernias. Therefore, if one has a strong family history of hernias, it may be best to lift less. Otherwise, enjoy but listen to your body. ...Read more

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What are some common causes of ventral hernias?

Congenital/BornWith: A ventral hernia is a defect in the musculature of the front of the abdominal wall. This occurs most commonly at the belly button, arising from a defect that many people are born with. Ventral hernias are also common after prior abdominal surgery--these are called incisional hernias. Regardless of its origin, these will occur more commonly after heavy lifting, obesity, etc. ...Read more

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Can hiatus hernia cause pain in upper right back?

Can hiatus hernia cause pain in upper right back?

Usually not: Hiatal hernia by itself usually does not cause pain, but it is usually accompanied by gerd, which can cause epigastric or substernal (both in front of body) pain. Pain in right back could be from gallbladder problems. See a doctor for advice. ...Read more

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Can a colonoscopy cause a hernia? How do I treat it?

Can a colonoscopy cause a hernia? How do I treat it?

Hernias development: Colonoscopy injects a lot of air into the colon and increases intravenous-abdominal pressure. If you have a hernia, the increased pressure will cause a pre-existent hernia to protrude. You should see a surgeon to have it repaired. The hernia has probably been there for awhile and protruded after to increase in abdominal pressure. ...Read more

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Can a hernia cause pain underneath the left ribcage?

Can a hernia cause pain underneath the left ribcage?

Unlikely: There is no known hernia that develops in this location other than if it is from a previous surgical incision, or a large hiatal hernia. Physical exam and upper GI contrast study can help make the diagnosis for those issues. See you doctor to find out. Hope this helps! ...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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Had endoscope today discovered hietus hernia can this cause sickness I've been having what's best to take for this hernia?

Had endoscope today discovered hietus hernia can this cause sickness I've been having what's best to take for this hernia?

Depends on type: Of hiatal hernia (sliding or paraesophageal), size, presence of esophageal reflux, and your symptoms. In the majority of cases, small to moderate hiatal hernias cause mild to moderate reflux symptoms, easily controlled with antacids, H2 blockers, and PPIs. The most important finding in your case is that there is no other worrisome finding on EGD. ...Read more

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I have a 4cm hital hernia, after endoscopy on 1/27/14, the hital hernia is now a 5 cm, what does that mean. Is a 5 CM cause to worry?

I have a 4cm hital hernia, after endoscopy on 1/27/14, the hital hernia is now a 5 cm, what does that mean. Is a 5 CM cause to worry?

Size alone: In a sliding hiatal hernia is not cause for alarm. You can get gerd and even precancerous changes, so periodic endoscopy is mandatory. Consult your GI specialist for proper follow up. ...Read more

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I do kapalbhati pranayama every morning for 30 minutes with medium force. I feel very Comfortable after this. Can this cause hernia in future.?

I do kapalbhati pranayama every morning for 30 minutes with medium force. I feel very Comfortable after this. Can this cause hernia in future.?

Pranayama: 30 minutes daily sounds like a lot for me but I am likely not as familiar w/yogic practices as you. Anything is possible and I see that you have mvp. Please consider getting clearance from your primary care doctor. MVP may be more of an issue than potential for hernia. Keep up the healthy lifestyle but under doc guidance. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Hi there thank you for your help. Is there any other drugs which would substitute for loperimide as I have a surgical hernia and it causes pain?

Chronic diarrhea?: If you are having diarrhea a month or two in duration you should probably get it checked out, an internist or gastroenterologist would be appropriate. If the hernia is causing you pain would talk to a surgeon about repairing it. ...Read more

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What causes hiatal hernia?

What causes hiatal hernia?

Stretched diaphragm: There is normally a hole in the diaphragm through which passes the esophagus. The diaphragm separates the abdominal and chest cavities, and the chest cavity is like a vacuum. When the normal opening stretches out and becomes large enough, the stomach gets "sucked" into the chest slowly. Why some get this and others don't is largely a mystery. ...Read more

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What causes a hiatal hernia?

Unknown: The hiatus is the normal hole in the diaphragm muscle thru which the esophagus passes to go from the chest to the abdominal cavity. A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of this opening thru which the stomach can slip up into the chest. This is found in 15% of people & rarely causes symptoms. It is unclear if this develops before birth and/or develops in response to elevated abdominal pressure. ...Read more

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Hernia (Definition)

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