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Having A Hernia
Many types of hernia: There are many types of hernias, but most refer to a hole in the abdominal wall, commonly near the belly button or groin. Usually there is a lump that may come and go, and it may cause pain or discomfort with exertion. See your doctor for a physical exam. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Simultaneous Hernas: In inguinal area occurring both on right and left side are not uncommon. Bilateral inguinal #hernias can develop independently in approximately 12-18% of patients, with ~3-5% of these occurring at the "same time".Since we are symmetric anatomically, the same congenital ; physical stresses that affect one side will affect the other also simultaneous umbilical ; inguinal #hernias are not uncommon. ...Read more
Variable : Hernias are highly variable in terms of location, severity of symptoms, and treatment. Best to get an evaluation by a primary care provider if you have one. Generally, the only treatment is surgical, and there is a variety of techniques as well. It's a complex disease, often misunderstood for being simple. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bulge or lump.: A hernia will manifest itself as a bulge, most commonly in the groin or belly button region. The bulge may be tender, is often reducible (either spontaneously or with direct pressure), and may be as small as a grape or as large as cantaloupe. In general, no bulge, no hernia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bulge or lump.: A hernia will manifest itself as a bulge, most commonly in the groin or belly button region. The bulge may be tender, is often reducible (either spontaneously or with direct pressure), and may be as small as a grape or as large as cantaloupe. In general, no bulge, no hernia. A simple exam by your doctor should confirm your suspicion. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: It depends on the size and location of the hernia. In general, regardless of the size and location, your activity should be as tolerated by discomfort and pain. Use common sense and listen to your body. If it's bad enough, you should see your doctor to find out more. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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