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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


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What are some common causes of ventral hernias?

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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Pain in the upper left-hand side of my abdomen just beneath the rib cage. What can be the cause of this pain. Had Ventral hernia repair on 7-7-14. ?

Pain in the upper left-hand side of my abdomen just beneath the rib cage. What can be the cause of this pain. Had Ventral hernia repair on 7-7-14.
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See the surgeon: When you have had recent surgery, a new pain in the same area has to be considered to be related to the surgery until shown not to be. Sometimes, post-operative adhesions can do this; sometimes swelling or fluid in the area of the surgery. In any case, you need to see the surgeon who did the procedure so that he/she can evaluate the problem and treat it properly. ...Read more

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Does ventral hernia usually cause many symptoms?

Does ventral hernia usually cause many symptoms?

No.: Ventral hernias encompass a broad range of hernias of the front of the abdominal wall, including umbilical, epigastric, spigelian, and incisional hernias. Symptoms are primarily related to the size of the hole in the abdominal wall and what, if anything, is getting 'stuck' in them. While not all of these require repair, this determination is best made by a hernia surgeon. ...Read more

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Can ventral hernia's cause internal bleeding?

Can ventral hernia's cause internal bleeding?

No: If a ventral hernia becomes stuck (incarcerated), it can block off the blood supply to a part of the intestines, which can then turn in to gangrene and bleed. This is associated with severe pain. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I'm 4 months post mesh ventral hernia repair and now my abdomen gets hard on my left side and causes pain in my left rib cage. Is this normal?

Could be: There are a variety of aches and pains that are usually transient, and can be migratory that do not mean anything is wrong. Usually, if something is "wrong", you will know. Persistent or severe symptoms should prompt an immediate call to your primary care doctor or surgeon. ...Read more

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Ventral hernia what or how this can happen? GM states its cause of old age not work related. I do physical labor with heavy lifting, no pain just lump

Ventral hernia what or how this can happen? GM states its cause of old age not work related. I do physical labor with heavy lifting, no pain just lump

Hernia: A hernia is a weakness in the fibers that holds a person together. Hernias are common around the umbilicus (belly button), groins, and sometimes in the upper midline of the abdomen. Hernias can just occur for no specific reason. See a surgeon to find out if surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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Had ventral hernia repair 2/14/13. Recent upper resp. Infection w/ cough has caused 2 more hernias to form from lap.Incision sites. Sugg.?

Had ventral hernia repair 2/14/13. Recent upper resp. Infection w/ cough has caused 2 more hernias to form from lap.Incision sites. Sugg.?

Hernia recurrence: Whether the hernia is a recurrence at the original site, or new hernias from laparoscopic incisions, it sounds like you will need to have then repaired. It is unfortunate, but straining, lifting, & coughing can all cause hernias to form or recur. ...Read more

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I have inguinal and ventral hernia. I'm experiencing a lot of pain, and lately, I've noticed red blood in my stool. Can this be caused by hernia?

I have inguinal and ventral hernia. I'm experiencing a lot of pain, and lately, I've noticed red blood in my stool. Can this be caused by hernia?

Doubtful: It is possible, but very unlikely the blood in the stool is caused by one of the hernias. Best to get this checked out by your primary care doc. You are of the age you should have a screening colonoscopy as well. With multiple hernias, see a general surgeon with interest in hernia repair for a consultation, which you can find on the Americas Hernia Society website. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Dr. J. Roth
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Ventral Hernia (Definition)

Of an abdominal structure(s) through a failure in the abdominal wall at the level of ...Read more