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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Overview)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the hiatus in the diaphragm.


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What are some symptoms of hernia I can feel?

What are some symptoms of hernia I can feel?

Bulge: The most common finding is a bulge in the area. Sometimes it stays out or you can push in and out.

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Dr. David Earle
1,437 Doctors shared insights

Hernia (Overview)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the hiatus in the diaphragm.


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I was wondering what are the surgery complications about hernia?

I was wondering what are the surgery complications about hernia?

Depends on: Location and size of hernia. In general, risks of surgery are infection, hemorrhage, and damage to adjacent organs. Your surgeon will weigh the risk of surgery versus risk of no surgery and make a recommendation. If it is an inguinal hernia repair, it is a common operation with very low risk of complications, in general.

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What increases your risk of having any sort of hernia?

What increases your risk of having any sort of hernia?

Complex: Depends on the type of hernia and clinical scenario. In general, hernia patients have a collagen disorder more often than those without hernias. Other things that predispose to hernia are smoking or infection after abdominal operation, obesity, and pregnancy. While a hernia can occur with heavy activity, this by itself shouldn't be a risk factor. Hope this helps!

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Are there any treatments for ventral hernia?

Hernia treatments: There are no medications to cure a hernia. Treatment is generally an operation most commonly involving mesh. Laparoscopic and open surgical procedures are both possible. Occasionally high risk patients will be instructed to avoid surgery and a binder will be recommended. However, all hernias carry a risk of incarceration and strangulation. Outcomes with elective surgery are usually better.

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What is the definition of hernia and how would I know if I have one before going to the doctor?

What is the definition of hernia and how would I know if I have one before going to the doctor?

A hernia is a: Defect in the normal structures of the abdomen or diaphragm, that can cause bulging, pain, or bowel dysfunction. Symptoms depend on where the hernia is including inguinal/groin, umbilical, diaphragmatic, femoral or several of the more rare and difficult to diagnose hernias. See your regular doctor for an exam.

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How does hernia affect the immune system and other bodily processes?

How does hernia affect the immune system and other bodily processes?

Hernia is a: Mechanical defect, so it should not affect immune system. If it involves organs, such as intestine, it will affect that organs function.

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Hello. My name is sumeet. I have been having a pain somewhere near the diaphram. Whenever I stand up or stretch it hurts. Is it a symptom of hernia?

Not likely: This most likely is a muscle pull or sprain. See if it goes away with a little massage, Aspirin cream, or Ibuprofen pills. If your breathing is affected, it could be the early signs of an infection. If you have a history of heartburn, it may be reflux disease which may involve a hiatal hernia (inside the body regarding the esophagus).

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Can hiatis hernia cause pain, have pain in upper left quadrant. Just stabbings pain, no other symptoms, hernia diagnosed years ago?

Can hiatis hernia cause pain, have pain in upper left quadrant. Just stabbings pain, no other symptoms, hernia diagnosed years ago?

Yes and no: If the hiatal hernia is large enough to cause symptoms the it will not be pain LLQ it could cause heartburn, epigastric and chest pain from spasm pain LLQ could be colon or spleen but more commonly it could be the gallbladder even if the pain is on the left not the right side of the abdomen check with your doctor

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What are the signs of hernia or can you see it?

What are the signs of hernia or can you see it?

Varies: Symptoms from a hernia can range from no symptoms up to an abdominal wall or groin swelling associated with discomfort or pain. Incarcerated hernias are a suddenly severely painful hernia swelling possibly associated with nausea and vomiting.

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How do you diagnosis a hernia in the abdomen, and what is the treatment?

How do you diagnosis a hernia in the abdomen, and what is the treatment?

See a Doctor: A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall. They can occur anywhere, but commonly in the groin, belly button, and previous incisions. Treatment depends on your symptoms. If they do not have incarcerated (stuck) bowel or pain, then they can be monitored. If they cause problems such as pain, cannot push it back in, etc, then it will need surgical repair.

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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.

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Are all diagnostic tests for hiatal hernia done locally? What are they?

Are all diagnostic tests for hiatal hernia done locally? What are they?

Define locally: Do you mean "the community you live in" or "under local anesthesia"? Hiatal hernia is often used to describe gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd); while there is overlap, they are two distinct diseases. Tests for gerd include endoscopy (egd), pressure recordings of the esophagus, and a 24-ph study. A hiatal hernia is best seen on ct, although indirect info will be obtained by egd.

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Is a hernia test just coughing?

Is a hernia test just coughing?

"Turn and Cough": The best way to DX a hernia is by physical examination. Hernias are holes in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining of the abdominal cavity stretches out like a balloon to create a sac. A hernia may only be evident with increased abdominal pressure: standing up and coughing "blows up the balloon" making the hernia evident. Rarely, a hernia can be missed on exam; a ct scan may be helpful.

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What are the tests for hiatal hernia?

Doctor evaluation: The best "tests" are an evaluation and answering questions of possible symptoms by your doctor, such as food reflux into the throat, heartburn, feeling of food sticking when swallowed. Simple chest x-ray can be done, sometimes a ct scan, and likely best is a referral to a gastroenterologist for possible endoscopy procedure.

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How do you know if you have a hernia?

How do you know if you have a hernia?

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!

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What exercises can cause hernia?

What exercises can cause hernia?

Exercising ; Hernias: Exercising does not usually cause hernias. Rather, exercising may cause previously asymptomatic hernias to become progressively larger and/or more symptomatic. Aerobic and cardiovascular type exercises have minimal effect. However strength and resistance exercises that increase pressure within the abdomen will cause hernias to generally enlarge and become progressively more symptomatic.

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What does it mean for hernia to be reducible?

Can push it back in: A hernia is when abdominal contents protrude through a weakness or "hole" in the abdominal wall muscles. A hernia is called "reducible" when its contents can be pushed back into the abdominal cavity. This can occur either spontaneously or with manual pressure.

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Doctor diagnosed me with hiatus hernia. Is it curable or treatable? Some advice on what to do and what will be done with me?

Doctor diagnosed me with hiatus hernia. Is it curable or treatable? Some advice on what to do and what will be done with me?

Very treatable: You have a hiatal hernia. You are 19. This is a very treatable abnormality. Your doctor will treat your symptoms and follow with you. If you are feeling well with medications then he/she will follow. As you age you may require more intervention. You may need a diagnostic study. You will need to manage your weight and to exercise. Watch what you eat. Be well.

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How should I treat hiatal hernia?

C Gastroenterologist: If you are like most people, you are using "hiatal hernia" to mean gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd). Proven rx include dietary changes, avoidance of caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol, wt loss, and acid-lowering meds. If your symptoms are bad at night, putting the head of the bed up on blocks helps, as does eating dinner early. If symptoms persist, it's best to see a GI dr (gastroenterologist).

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What if umbilical. Hernia. Is not treated?

What if umbilical. Hernia. Is not treated?

Depends on Size: Umbilical hernias are quite common and do not always require surgery. In general. I recommend repair if the hernia is causing pain or has reached a size where intestine can "incarcerate", or get stuck, in the hernia.

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