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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

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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How to what contents are in the hernia? What does fat fill like and what does intestines fill like?

How to what contents are in the hernia? What does fat fill like and what does intestines fill like?

Ask your doc is easy: It would be much easier to refer a Q of this nature to your doctor. Nonetheless, I will always love to answer. The contents inside a hernia sac may widely vary reflecting its dimension, location, and relationship with its nearby tissues & organs. With these in mind, one can easily imagine or guess what may get into its sac. Remember: Always seek help if hernia-related pain/swelling persists/worsen Read more

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I have had a hernia for 40 years and my intestines go into one of my testicle, dose not hurt but wondering how bad of a surgery it would be?

I have had a hernia for 40 years and my intestines go into one of my testicle, dose not hurt but wondering how bad of a surgery it would be?

Outpatient!: Inguinal herniorraphy is a common procedure performed by a general surgeon. Even with a more complicated hernia, the procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. You will be sore for a week or so, but the risks allowing this hernia to incarcerate or strangulate argue against delaying repair. Read more

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Weird question...is it possible for a hernia to cause intestines to fall in the scrotum?

Weird question...is it possible for a hernia to cause intestines to fall in the scrotum?

Not weird questions: Yes possible large inguinal hernias bowel enters the scrotum, you need to see your surgeon before causing complications like strangulation of bowel. Elective (planed) surgery is a simple low risk out patient procedure. Read more

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If there was hernia present in the testicle, wouldn't I be in pain? Wouldn't I feel pain in the abdomen if intestine goes through ab wall?

If there was hernia present in the testicle, wouldn't I be in pain? Wouldn't I feel pain in the abdomen if intestine goes through ab wall?

Not necessarily: You are likely describing an inguinal hernia, with bowel and fat contents herniating through abdomen into inguinal canal and sometimes into the scrotum. You may feel a bulge when performing heavy lifting, but typically a small hernia may not be painful at all. Extreme pain would only happen if the hernia twists on itself, which could cause bowel obstruction and a surgical emergency. Read more

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What is the chances that an inguinal hernia will go into the intestine?

What is the chances that an inguinal hernia will go into the intestine?

See below: It is the other way around. Having an inguinal hernia means that there is a weakness of your tissues in that area and possibly bowel is coming in and out through that opening. Infrequently the bowel can come out but may not be able to go back in and get strangulated. Then it becomes an emergency. Read more

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Does the intestine have to be pretruding through a weak spot in the abdomen wall for it to considered a hernia?

Does the intestine have to be pretruding through a weak spot in the abdomen wall for it to considered a hernia?

No: Any abdominal contents protruding through a hole in the abdominal wall are referred to as a hernia. This is usually fat or intestines, but can include the urinary bladder, liver, spleen and even the kidney on rare occasions. Read more

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I have had some test done and they told me my stomach is not emptying into the small intestine correctly, can this be caused by a hernia.?

Possibly: There are many reasons why your stomach may not be emptying correctly. A large hiatal hernia can certainly cause problems with your stomach properly emptying, however you should have a proper evaluation by a gastroenterologist. Read more

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Is a kinked intestine paiunful I have a bloated stomach 3 weeks after a hernia operation.

Common: Having a "bloated stomach" after abdominal surgery is very common. It may take a few more weeks to go back to normal. If there was a kink in the intestine preventing passage of intestinal contents, this would generally caused pain nausea and vomiting. Call your surgeon if you are really concerned for an exam. Read more

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Is it possible for your bowels to get stuck or caught in your intestines after having a belly button hernia repair?

Is it possible for your bowels to get stuck or caught in your intestines after having a belly button hernia repair?

Adhesions: Post-operative adhesions may result after any type of abdominal surgery. Think of a scar after you get a cut on your skin. The inside of the body will form scars to heal the tissue similarly. Sometimes these scar tissues are "sticky" and may form an adhesion to the intestine, or any other abdominal organ such as the liver, gallbladder, spleen or stomach. Most adhesions do not cause symptoms. Read more

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I seem to have inguinal hernia without bulge. Is intestine strangulation still possible in this case?

I seem to have inguinal hernia without bulge. Is intestine strangulation still possible in this case?

Unlikely: If you have a hernia without a bulge that mean the opening is too small you need to watch for pain wither in the groin or in the testicles if pain is increase then you need to see a surgeon Read more

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Inguinal hernia causes nausea when part of intestine gets trapped. It is painful emergency situation. I feel nausea off and on w/o emergency, why?

Inguinal hernia causes nausea when part of intestine gets trapped. It is painful emergency situation. I feel nausea off and on w/o emergency, why?

Hernia: When a piece of intestine gets trapped in a hernia it may swell and cause the blood supply to become decreased. This may cause the portion of bowel to become damaged or die resulting in a medical emergency. If the hernia becomes tender or painful go to the ER immediately. They may be able to manually reduce the hernia and restore the blood supply or surgery may be needed. Read more

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If inguinal hernia involves dealing with the intestines. Why did they make an incision above my bikini area. 2 months when I got this done back in 98?

If inguinal hernia involves dealing with the intestines. Why did they make an incision above my bikini area. 2 months when I got this done back in 98?

Misinformed?: A hernia is a defect in the abdominal or pelvic muscles. It is not a defect in the intestines. The intestines push through the muscle defect. The incisions to fix a hernia is made near to where the muscle defect is. Read more

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Can you feel and see your intestine move when you have thin abdominal wall muscles surgeon said no hernia?

Can you feel and see your intestine move when you have thin abdominal wall muscles surgeon said no hernia?

Yes: Actually it is common for people with, we call it scaphoid abdomen, to see the peristaltic movement of the intestines against the abdominal wall. Read more

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Can scar tissue squeeze my intestines. I have had multiple surgeries on my stomach due to hernias and then surgeries from the complications from the f?

Can scar tissue squeeze my intestines. I have had multiple surgeries on my stomach due to hernias and then surgeries from the complications from the f?

Adhesions: Scar tissue that forms as part of the natural healing process of abdominal surgery can form bands called "adhesions." the intestines may get wrapped around these adhesions becoming kinked and creating an obstruction. Most often these bowel obstructions resolve with conservative management. On occasions, surgery may be required to relieve the obstruction. Read more

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Can an ESR or full blood count blood test be high range after or when abdominal wall is broken by intestine for ingenuial hernia?

Can an ESR or full blood count blood test be high range after or when abdominal wall is broken by intestine for ingenuial hernia?

Yes: esr non specific. High white count expected when stressed like post surgical. All single tests performed always require a clinical understanding. For instance an elevated ear and high white cell count after are concerning. But if a patient just had surgery and is doing better than the clinical situation is reassuring. Talk to your doctor about your concerns. Read more

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Does the air pumped into the colon also inflate the small intestine? What part of the intestine is likely to be involved in a inguinal hernia?

Does the air pumped into the colon also inflate the small intestine? What part of the intestine is likely to be involved in a inguinal hernia?

Yes.: Insufflated air from colonoscopy does pass the ileocecal valve and to a degree insufflate small bowel. An inguinal hernia sac may contain omentum (fatty tissue over bowel), small intestine, or colon. Read more

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In an inguinal hernia, does the intestine enter through the processus vaginalis or can the abdominal contents enter the inguinal canal via some other way?

Both: Indirect inguinal hernia is through where the processus vaginalis was or is. Direct inguinal hernias come directly through the muscular floor of the inguinal canal. Femoral hernias come through the space next to the main blood vessels to the leg. Colelctively, this area is known as the myopectineal orifice. Thanks for asking! Read more

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