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I have a minor hernia. What are the risks of not having surgery?

I have a minor hernia. What are the risks of not having surgery?

Probably minimal: Can get bigger over time (or not); can cause symptoms (fullness, pain)- or not; can have intestine get stuck and can't "reduce" the lump-surgical urgency; can have intestine get stuck and compromise blood flow-surgical emergency. Talk to your doc. May be able to leave it for some time, especially if no symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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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


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What are the risks of a hernia repair surgery?

What are the risks of a hernia repair surgery?

What I tell patients: Risk of recurrence, bleeding, infection, chronic or temporary pain in the area, loss of sensation to inside leg and scrotum, seroma or fluid collection, injury to femoral vein or artery. These are from the surgery, anesthesia carries its own risks. ...Read more

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I suffer from pains in my left crutch after hernia repair surgery (2 years ago). I'm about to go through radio frequency.. What are the risks in it?

I suffer from pains in my left crutch after hernia repair surgery (2 years ago). I'm about to go through radio frequency.. What are the risks in it?

No risk: Most likely your pain is due to nerve entrapment causing pain , trying to free the nerve by breaking scar tissueit out with radio frequency energy , most the time it will work , only risk it may not work. ...Read more

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What are the risks of an untreated umbilical/abdominal hernia in a 48 yr old male? 9 mos ago my husband was told by 2 drs. He had an umbilical hernia & required surgery at that time he was told it was less than 3 CM in size & didn't require surgery by ano

What are the risks of an untreated umbilical/abdominal hernia in a 48 yr old male? 9 mos ago my husband was told by 2 drs. He had an umbilical hernia & required surgery at that time he was told it was less than 3 CM in size & didn't require surgery by ano

Damage intestines: The risks of having an umbilical hernia are that intestines can become trapped inside (incarcerated), and their blood supply can then be cut off (strangulation). That could cause necrosis (death) of that part of intestine, which could lead to a hole in the intestine wall. This is very rare but is serious. Usually untreated hernias just may cause some pain. ...Read more

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Are the risks higher if the hernia is bigger or smaller?

Are the risks higher if the hernia is bigger or smaller?

Depends: The risk of hernia repair is dependent on many factors including those related to the overall medical condition, the hernia, the surgeon, and the institution. Regarding hernia size, larger is usually associated with higher risk, but as i said, there are many factors involved. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are the risks of laproscopic repair for hernia in my testes?

What are the risks of laproscopic repair for hernia in my testes?

Many: The risks of any operation include the risks of anesthesia, infection, injury to adjacent organs. For laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair, the risks include also include hernia recurrence and chronic pain although the risk of pain is lower than the risk of recurrence and the risk of serious complications such as injury to the intestines, bladder or blood vessels is exceedingly low in the hands of a very experienced surgeon. ...Read more

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If I am now diagnosed with a small hernia. How long can I go without surgery?

Forever, perhaps: When a hernia is diagnosed in an adult, depending on the anatomical site, repair with mesh is usually recommended promptly. Although you may never have a complication related to the hernia, it is better not to wait until you do. Incarceration leading to strangulation of hernia contents is a surgical emergency that is riskier for you and the surgeon to fix, and may result in higher complications. ...Read more

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Do I need surgery for a small hernia that has no symptoms or pain?

Do I need surgery for a small hernia that has no symptoms or pain?

Depends: What type of hernia is it or where is it located? Small hernias, without symptoms, that do not contain loops of intestine can be watched. But it would be best to see a surgeon to discuss what your risks are with and without surgery. ...Read more

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I have a very small recurrent hernia, it is only noticible when i cough, otherwise theres no bulge, should I have another surgery or just wait no pain?

I have a very small recurrent hernia, it is only noticible when i cough, otherwise theres no bulge, should I have another surgery or just wait no pain?

See your surgeon: In general, it is good that there are no symptoms, but also in general, we think recurrent hernias are more likely to become a problem that primary hernias. Further, it may not be a recurrence, and an exam by a surgeon, along with the surgeon;s advice may be the best course of action. ...Read more