Top
10
Doctor insights on: Epigastric Abdominal Hernia

Share
Dr. David Earle
1,333 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
What are the symptoms of an abdominal hernia?

What are the symptoms of an abdominal hernia?

Lump and pain: Hernias on the abdominal wall typical cause pain and/or discomfort, and are also typically associated with a lump under the skin at the location of the hernia. This lump is larger with standing and coughing. Best diagnosed by a physical exam, ok to start with your primary care. Timing depends on duration and severity of symptoms. Hope this helps! ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
3

3
What are signs of a possible abdominal hernia?

What are signs of a possible abdominal hernia?

A bulge and pain: An abnormal bulge, often with pain around it, are the most common signs of abdominal hernia. They most commonly occur at the belly button (umbilical), in the groin (inguinal), at previous surgical scars (incisional), and at the diaphragm (hiatal).They can all be fixed with minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery for less pain and quick return to work. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
How to treat abdominal hernia without surgery?

None: The only way to fix a hernia is with an operation. Support garments of various types may give some symptom relief, but do nothing for the underlying cause of the symptoms, and do nothing to prevent it from getting worse. See a general surgeon for a consultation. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
Can an abdominal hernia cause internal bleeding?

Can an abdominal hernia cause internal bleeding?

Not directly: The most common type of hernia (in the groin) would not cause intestinal bleeding unless the intestine were strangled in the hernia -- and this would cause many more problems than simple bleeding. Hiatal herniae can facilitate acid refluxing into the esophagus which may lead to ulcers or erosions which may case esophageal bleeding, but not usually intestinal. Why do you ask? ...Read more

7

7
Is it safe to travel and with a large abdominal hernia?

Is it safe to travel and with a large abdominal hernia?

Yes: You should base your decision to travel with the hernia on the presence, frequency and severity of symptoms. The worse it is, the less likely you should travel. Also, longstanding hernias give you a history to reflect on, whereas newly developed hernias are more unknown. You also have to consider the method of and distance of travel, and what the healthcare system is like where you are going. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
Please help! what is the treatment for an abdominal hernia?

Assuming you: Are talking about external hernia, usual recommendation is surgical repair. Consult a surgeon, because recommendation will vary according to size and location of your hernia. ...Read more

9

9
What does an intestinal/abdominal hernia feel like (symptoms)?

What does an intestinal/abdominal hernia feel like (symptoms)?

Hernia: Well, they can range from being completely asymptomatic to causing things like a bulge, pain, swelling, redness, nausea, vomiting, intestinal obstruction. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
10

10
Is it normal to suffer from constipation with an abdominal hernia?

Is it normal to suffer from constipation with an abdominal hernia?

Incarcerated Hernia: Hernias can cause bowel obstructions if a loop of intestine is "incarcerated" (stuck) within the hernia. In its most extreme form, it is associated w/vomiting & bloating--this is a surgical emergency. While the constipation may be unrelated, we have to assume it is until proven otherwise--please seek out surgical evaluation as soon as possible. Good luck. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more