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Can hernias heal themselves?

Can hernias heal themselves?

Rarely: The only her is that can heal itself is a belly button hernia in an infant. They usually heal by age 5. All other hernias will not heal themselves, and require a surgical procedure for repair. Reasons for repair are to resolve a problem, or prevent one. Talk to your doctor about it to figure out whether or not surgical repair is right for you.

Dr. David Earle
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Does hernia heal itself?

Does hernia heal itself?

Repair hernia: Hernias of the abdominal wall can remain stable or progress. They are unable to heal spontaneously, or by itself. These hernias can develop complications like incarceration or strangulation, (organs trapped by the hernia defect). Okay to get in to your doc for an eval and surgical referral. A hernia repair is safe and effective.

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How long does a hernia take to heal?

How long does a hernia take to heal?

It depends.: Not all hernia surgeries are alike: where was the hernia? Was mesh used for the repair? Was the operation performed via minimally invasive surgery? What is the health of the patient? What are you defining as 'healing': return to work? Pain-free? Sports? Because of all these factors, the answer could be "weeks-to-months". This question is best answered by the hernia surgeon who did the case.

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Is it possible for hiatus hernias to heal?

Is it possible for hiatus hernias to heal?

NOT without surgery: There is no nonsurgical treatment for a hernia - regardless of type or location.

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Please tell me how long it takes for to heal after a hernia is removed?

Please tell me how long it takes for to heal after a hernia is removed?

Depends: Technically, hernias are repaired, not removed. Depending on the size of the hernia, the location, and the type of repair performed, use of mesh, etc., healing takes anywhere from 2-6 weeks, generally.

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How does one heal faster from a hernia op. I was given a net and I had three different hernia repairs and im a ex body builder. Pls can you help me.

How does one heal faster from a hernia op. I was given a net and I had three different hernia repairs and im a ex body builder. Pls can you help me.

Complex: It depends in the location of the hernia repairs, and techniques for repair. Also, whether or not it was one or multiple sites. Regardless of the site, the body will heal at its own rate after repair. The typical range for recovery without complications is 1-12 weeks. Too many variables to narrow it down for your case with info given.

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If you have a hernia. Are you have to going on operation to get heal?

If you have a hernia. Are you have to going on operation to get heal?

Yes: You cannot exercise or do anything yourself to make a hernia go away. Once a hernia forms, the only way to make it go away is hernia repair with surgery.

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How can I heal hernia without surgery needed and what are the do's and dont's?

How can I heal hernia without surgery needed and what are the do's and dont's?

Depends: Hernias are usually repaired using mesh with surgery. If you do not want to have surgery, you should avoid lifting and strenuous activity. If it is an umbilical or inguinal hernia you should avoid intra abdominal pressure which can cause bowel to go into the hernia which is very dangerous. You can try to use abdominal binder or compression garments to prevent increased herniation.

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How easy is for hernia mesh to break or get missplaced? Do abdominals heal as before surgery and cover it?

How easy is for hernia mesh to break or get missplaced? Do abdominals heal as before surgery and cover it?

Unlikely: Mesh rarely, if ever, breaks. There was one hernia mesh product that is no longer used that did break. Hernia meshes now are quite stable. They can shrink and occasionallyove or migrate slightly. Mesh is always covered by a layer of the abdominal wall.

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Can an L5 s1 hernia heal on its own?

Can an L5 s1 hernia heal on its own?

Herniated disc?: If you do not have nerve compression resulting in pain or bladder/bowel dysfunction, your body will eventually form scar tissue around the new place the disc rests and the symptoms will improve. This can take 2-3 months.

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Can a sports hernia heal without surgery?

Can a sports hernia heal without surgery?

Not if true hernia: The term sports hernia is a controversial one. If you feel a defect in the abdominal wall and a bulge the answer is no. If it is just pain, and tenderness, I would try rest and rehab before sugary is undertaken. There are reports of people with pain and tenderness that do not have a bulging and far surgery they improve, but it wild be my last resort. Surgery could worsen the situation.

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I was diagnosed with a minimal umbilical hernia. Can this heal without surgery?

I was diagnosed with a minimal umbilical hernia. Can this heal without surgery?

Usually not: An umbilical hernia in adults may change in size, but it almost never goes away without surgery. The surgery is very common, and you should be able to go home the same day.

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I have a minimul umbilical hernia. Will I need surgery to heal and if so how long does it take to heal after surgery?

I have a minimul umbilical hernia. Will I need surgery to heal and if so how long does it take to heal after surgery?

Yes: Yes, the only way to heal an umbilical hernia is by fixing it with surgery. Typically patients have discomfort for 1-2 weeks after surgery. You should not lift anything over 10 lbs. For 6 weeks to prevent recurrence and to help with wound healing.

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Will arnica help heal an infant with a umbilical hernia?

Will arnica help heal an infant with a umbilical hernia?

No need: Approximately 90% of infant umbilical hernias will close by themselves by age 4-5 without any treatment. It is of course impossible to predict if the baby is in the 90 or 10 percent group, but time will tell. This is the only clinical scenario known where a hernia can heal without a surgical procedure.

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Can you use arnica to help heal a infant with an umbilical hernia?

Can you use arnica to help heal a infant with an umbilical hernia?

No need: Approximately 90% of infant umbilical hernias will close by themselves by age 4-5 without any treatment. It is of course impossible to predict if the baby is in the 90 or 10 percent group, but time will tell. This is the only clinical scenario known where a hernia can heal without a surgical procedure.

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With upper endoscopy it possible to know how the nissen wrap condition and how I heal after hitial hernia and nissen? Thank you

With upper endoscopy it possible to know how the nissen wrap condition and how I heal after hitial hernia and nissen? Thank you

Nissen: Yes endoscopy can tell the status of the wrap and if your esophagus has healed routine surveillance should still be performed by your surgeon or GI md.

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I have had an open hernia surgical site for 51/2 months that will heal and I have been going to a wound clinic for a month. Is a wound vac an opition?

I have had an open hernia surgical site for 51/2 months that will heal and I have been going to a wound clinic for a month. Is a wound vac an opition?

Not sure: I have used the vac for years now to assist in the healing of wounds. You need to make sure there is no foreign body in the wound that is prohibiting the wound to heal. May need a culture to make sure there is no infection. Sounds like the wound shld have healed by now.

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Urologist can tell if an postoperatory 10 wks (hernia repair) hydrocelle that changes it's size during the day can go/heal, if not-when/how can tell.?

Reevaluation by surgeon: Typically a hydrocele hernia defect if it is an indirect hernia with closure of the sack with or without mesh will resolve the condition. If the sack is still open you may see variation in size. However this may be postoperative swelling. A return for evaluation with your surgeon who performed the procedure should be your first step.

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Urologist can tell if an postop. 10 weeks (direct hernia repair) hydrocelle that changes it's size during the day can go/heal, if not-when/how can tell?

Urologist can tell if an postop. 10 weeks (direct hernia repair) hydrocelle that changes it's size during the day can go/heal, if not-when/how can tell?

See primary surgeon: If the hernia is a direct hernia this just a weakening of the fascial structures and this often repaired by a general surgeon with the mesh. Early recurrence and late recurrence are often managed by the general surgeon performing the procedure. Management pending on if there is any residual defect present, degree of symptoms and other risk factors.

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There is blood in my semen. I got a hernia surgery done (without mesh) 10 days ago. Will it heal on its own, and will my semen become clear again?

There is blood in my semen. I got a hernia surgery done (without mesh) 10 days ago. Will it heal on its own, and will my semen become clear again?

Most likely: Blood in semen (hematospermia) is a common disorder. However, it is uncommon after hernia surgery. Most patients with hematospermia have self-limited symptoms (it gets better on its own). But, since you have a recent operation, you should see your surgeon for a complete evaluation.

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