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Can I check myself to see if I have a hernia?

Can I check myself to see if I have a hernia?

Look : Look at the area you have concern and see if there is a bulge that can be pushed in. Usually is pretty obvious. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more


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I have a hiatal hernia. If i don't stick to a diet since I have bad acid reflux what will happen? Will I have to see my GI every year for a check up?

I have a hiatal hernia. If i don't stick to a diet since I have bad acid reflux what will happen? Will I have to see my GI every year for a check up?

Check up: You should check up yearly. Your doctor will monitor your progress. If you have good control then perhaps no changes will be needed. As you age having a doctor who knows you well and can offer good advice is priceless. They can save you an operation or recommend an operation and save your life. That is what they try to do every day. ...Read more

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I think I have a hernia but the GI can't see me until 1/7/16. Would waiting that long be ok? I've been in pain for 3.5 yrs.

I think I have a hernia but the GI can't see me until 1/7/16. Would waiting that long be ok? I've been in pain for 3.5 yrs.

Need surgeon not GI: Hernias can be dangerous and an emergency if they get caught and can cause intestinal blockage or gangrene but if you have had symptoms for that long it would be unusual for it to be an emergency unless pain is suddenly severe and different. They only definitive care for a hernia is surgery so you need to see a surgeon not a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I think I have a hernia. How can I confirm this without going to see a doctor?

I think I have a hernia. How can I confirm this without going to see a doctor?

Disappearing bulge: For abdominal and groin hernias, there is usual a bulge that goes away when you lay down and/or push it back in the abdominal cavity. This represents abdominal contents coming through a hole (hernia). If you have one, you should see you primary care provider at the next available appointment. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My family dr. Said I have a hernia and"cystocele with prolapse". I am a 51 year old female.What needs to be done? What type of dr do I need to see, and what needs to be done . How many surgeries will it take to fix the problem? How long would my recovery

My family dr. Said I have a hernia and"cystocele with prolapse". I am a 51 year old female.What needs to be done? What type of dr do I need to see, and what needs to be done . How many surgeries will it take to fix the problem? How long would my recovery

You : You should be evaluated by a urogynecologic surgeon who has experience with repairing these type of hernias which can be quite complicated. If you are over weight, then losing weight is perhaps the most important thing that you can do. In addition, avoid constipation and straining when you urinate. ...Read more

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I have a hernia above my belly button, do I need to see a dr?

I have a hernia above my belly button, do I need to see a dr?

Good idea: It would be a good idea to have a physical examination, and have a doctor examine the area. Some hernias can be observed, and many are better to be repaired. Does the hernia bother you or cause discomfort? Without a physical examination it is hard to tell what you should do. ...Read more

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Can you refuse a hernia check?

Absolutely: You can refuse any exam or treatment. You just may not get appropriate care. A hernia exam is quick and painless and may detect a problem earlier than just waiting for symptoms to occur. It's usually the rectal exam that most people refuse! ...Read more

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Can you always see your hernia?

Can you always see your hernia?

Some yes, some no: Hernia=an organ or part of an organ protruding beyond/outside of its cavity through a defect in the wall. You cannot see hiatal hernia (stomach up in lung area) without imaging or during surgery. Large surgical hernias can be seen/felt all the time. Smaller reducible umbilical/inguinal hernias often can be seen/felt better in upright position etc.. If you have concern, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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