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Hernia Support Belt For Men
Variable: Untreated, the hernia could get larger, or become incarcerated, which could lead to complications with repair, or require emergency care. While this could be serious, the chance it happens is probably very low. Having said that, it is also unpredictable. See a general surgeon for more info. ...Read more
Yes: Umbilical hernias are seen in bothGet a more detailed answer ›
Could hernia be operated successfully if yes then why are there many young and old men suffering from it.?
How common are inguinal hernias in younger men? Also, would the location typically cause pain at the VERY base of penis (crevice area right near penis)
Lifetime risk is 25%: Inguinal hernias are more common in men than women, due to the descent of the testicles from inside the abdomen to the scrotum. A bulge in the area on either side of your pubic bone is a typical physical finding, while burning or aching sensation at the bulge, especially when bending over, coughing or lifting is a common symptom. See your physician for confirmation by examination ...Read more
Does inguinal hernia in men usually appear in younger guys (21) and would it appear as pain at very base of penis?
Ing. Hernias common: Indirect inguinal hernia repair is one of most common operations for pediatric surgeons & due to non closure of slip of peritoneum attached to & facilitating testicular descent. Are thus congenital and quite common into the 20s. Hernias in older men are due to weakness of abdominal wall musculature & are direct inguinal hernias. Indirect inguinal hernia could cause pain at penile base. ...Read more
Fitness?: Depends on how vigorous a man he is. Does he walk independently or is he bed-bound. Can he walk up stairs? Is he on 1 medication or 25 medications? Smoker? Obese? Exact age is less important than health. Some 78 years olds are medically much younger than some 50 year olds talk to your medical doctor. Generally these are not high risk surgeries. ...Read more
Bad Option: The purpose of a hernia belt is to prevent intestine from getting incarcerated ("stuck") within the hernia. The umbilicus is a very difficult if not impossible area to support in this manner; if anywhere, belts are better for inguinal (groin) hernias. Not all umbilical hernias require surgery; but, if your symptoms are severe enough to consider a belt, you may want to see a hernia surgeon. ...Read more
If it helps.: A hernia belt may help support an area where a hernia is present, which can minimize the discomfort related to the hernia. Furthermore, it may reduce the risk of bowel getting stuck in the hernia, although this is unproven. Ultimately, the best thing to do would be to have the hernia surgically repaired--at 32, you are awfully young for wearing a hernia belt. Good luck! ...Read more
What is the proceedure for checking an inginual hernia and can I continue to wear my panty girdle for support?
In most cases: Physical exam by a surgeon is all you need for accurate diagnosis of an inguinal hernia. In some cases, an ultrasound can provide more information. Panty girdle is probably not adequate support. Specially designed hernia truss is sometimes helpful, but surgery is best solution. Consult a surgeon for specific recommendation in your case. ...Read more