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Can an inguinal hernia cause bowel obstruction?

Can an inguinal hernia cause bowel obstruction?

Yes.: A hernia is said to be incarcerated when a structure within the abdominal cavity gets "stuck" within the hernia. If this happens to be a loop of intestine, this can cause an obstruction and lead to the blood supply of the intestine being cut-off; we call this a strangulated hernia. If one has a large, tender lump in the groin that cannot be pushed back in, this requires emergency md attention. ...Read more

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Dr. Bruce Ramshaw
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Femoral Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall allowing contents within the abdomen to protrude. The most common hernias are inguinal (lower abdomen around the pubic bone) or umbilical (around the bellybutton). A femoral hernia is less common and occurs where the blood vessels enter the leg. When there is an external lump, it shows up in the upper front part of the leg. ...Read more


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Can even a small inguinal hernia affect bowel movement?

Can even a small inguinal hernia affect bowel movement?

While: Anything is possible, a small hernia would not commonly directly affect bowel movements. However the pressure discomfort of a hernia could cause a person added discomfort if straining for constipation & make it indirectly difficult or uncomfortable to use the toilet. ...Read more

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Is there any danger in taking a more immediate laxative while I've been using miralax (polyethylene glycol) for the past six days? Inguinal hernia, need bowel movement.

Is there any danger in taking a more immediate laxative while I've been using miralax (polyethylene glycol) for the past six days? Inguinal hernia, need bowel movement.

Yes, risky!: You need an exam if a week on laxatives has not helped. More can be bad for you! Drink lots of water, eat fruits/veggies, try probiotics (sauerkraut, etc). But see a Dr - blockages can be dangerous and other complications can be more trouble than a visit. So, go! Go soon. Best! ...Read more

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Had groin hernia surgery 6 weeks ago. Started cardio again and noticed that my GERD is worse after exercise. Could the hernia surgery cause this?

Had groin hernia surgery 6 weeks ago. Started cardio again and noticed that my GERD is worse after exercise. Could the hernia surgery cause this?

DGL is used to: help with acid reflux and is safe. If you take licorice that is not DGL, over time it can raise your blood pressure. Please consult w/your doc. Peace and good health. Previous surgery unlikely cause. ...Read more

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Does inguinal (groin) hernia causes testicular vein dilation or pain & swelling in testicular veins?

Does inguinal (groin) hernia causes testicular vein dilation or pain & swelling in testicular veins?

It could.: A large enough inguinal hernia can certainly cause testicular pain and can can cause scrotal swelling. I imagine it might also compress or push on the pampiniform veins and exacerbate a clinical varicocele. This complex of symptoms certainly merits medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it likely bad to not have a groin hernia removed?

Inguinal hernia: Repair of an inguinal hernia does not always require surgical repair. Depending on the size of the bulge, the pain that it causes and potential for being incarcerated (bowel and fat trapped in the defect) or strangulated (bowel losing blood supply) recommendations for repair may vary. Other factors are patient age and state of health. Ie risk of anesthesia may out-weigh benefit of repair. ...Read more

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How can I prevent groin hernia injuries?

Hernia?: If you mean how to prevent a groin hernia, you can't. Most groin hernias are congenital. They just get larger as you age. It is not something that you cause. ...Read more

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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


Dr. James Krick
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Bowel Obstruction (Definition)

The intestinal tract is one, long distensible pipe from the stomach to the anus consisting of 30-40 ft of small intestine (for nutrient absorption) and 5 ft of large intestine (for water absorption). Obstruction may occur at any point, causing upstream distention, cramping pain, vomiting, and obstipation (no gas or bm out the bottom). Rx may require surgery ...Read more