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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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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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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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Can you die from ventral hernia?

Can you die from ventral hernia?

Possible, but rare: Although death from a ventral hernia is rare, they can cause significant discomfort, enlarge, and cause life threatening problems that require emergency surgery, which is usually successful at saving the life, but not always so for repairing the hernia. See a surgeon interested in hernia repair for a more complete evaluation. Find one on the Americas Hernia Society website. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can a ventral hernia be repaired?

Can a ventral hernia be repaired?

Yes: ventral hernia's are very frequently repaired. To approaches are open surgery or laparoscopic surgery. Larger repairs, greater than 1 cm are repaired using mash. Smaller hernias are repaired primarily with suture. Most repair only if symptomatic meaning pain or discomfort. There is a small risk of bowel incarceration or strangulation which presents with escalating pain and a non-reducible lump. ...Read more

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Ventral hernia removal, no sex after?

Ventral hernia removal, no sex after?

No: Sex after a ventral hernia repair can occur once the patient is comfortable. It will not cause harm to the repair. ...Read more

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How long is ventral hernia recovery ?

How long is ventral hernia recovery ?

Varies: But generally no heavy lifting, heavy exercise, or heavy work for about 6 weeks. Get more specific details & instructions from your own surgeon for your specific situation. ...Read more

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What happens when a ventral hernia pops?

What happens when a ventral hernia pops?

May end up surgery: Most of the time small ventral hernias do not need surgery, simple binder and weight reduction is enough, large hernias had risk of gettting incarcerated (getting stuck ) most likely by transverse colon will cause dangerous complications. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a ventral hernia?

Lump, pain: A ventral hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall muscle that allows abdominal organs to protrude causing a lump or mass. If these organs are squeezed or trapped in the defect then pain can ensue. Pain is relieved by reducing the hernia contents or laying down. ...Read more

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Can you have a ventral hernia and not know it?

Can you have a ventral hernia and not know it?

Asymptomatic Hernia: Yes if it is not causing any symptoms than generally it is ok to observe this type of problem generally best to be evaluated by a surgeon so that they can help guide your decision. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about a ventral hernia?

In general,: Ventral hernia would require surgical repair, if it causes symptoms such as pain, nausea/vomiting, or deformity. A lot depends on location and size, so consult a surgeon for specific recommendation in your case. ...Read more

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Are there any tests that can diagnose a ventral hernia?

Yes: The best test to diagnose a ventral hernia is a physical exam by a hernia surgeon. Rarely, physical examination may be difficult; a cat scan of the abdomen can be helpful in those circumstances. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ventral hernia?

A protrusion: Of an abdominal structure(s) through a failure in the abdominal wall at the level of the umbilicus (tummy button). ...Read more

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Dr. Erik Borncamp
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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