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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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How common is it for people with a hiatal (gut) hernia to really NEED surgery? What are the deciding factors?

How common is it for people with a hiatal (gut) hernia to really NEED surgery? What are the deciding factors?

Uncommon: Please see this link: http://www.sages.org/publications/guidelines/guidelines-for-surgical-treatment-of-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease-gerd/

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I'm sixty nine year old female with incisional hernia, not painful. Surgeon says not an emergency. Because of recurrence factor want to avoid surgery?

I'm sixty nine year old female with incisional hernia, not painful. Surgeon says not an emergency. Because of recurrence factor want to avoid surgery?

Complex issue: In general, recurrent incisional hernias are difficult to repair (may be why there is a recurrence). Best to see a general or plastic surgeon with experience, expertise and interest in repair of complex incisional hernias. Options are observation, open/lap repair, or use if muscle flaps and/or a variety of mesh. Check Americas Hernia Society website to find a surgeon interested in hernia. ...Read more

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My rheuma factor came 77kU/L and anti ccp is 26U/L. I also have increased TSH, hernia in lumbar region, also weekly migraine attacks. Plz advice.

My rheuma factor came 77kU/L and anti ccp is 26U/L. I also have increased TSH,  hernia in lumbar region, also weekly migraine attacks. Plz advice.

See a Rheumatologist: You need to see a rheumatologist to determine if you meet the case definition for rheumatoid arthritis and then see your regular doctor to help you determine what should be done with your thyroid. Your migraines may be affected by your thyroid issues. ...Read more

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What is hernia?

What is hernia?

"Hole in the Wall": 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 of rx is surgery. ...Read more

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What is hernia?

A hole: Hernia is the term used most commonly to describe a hole in the abdominal wall through which intra-abdominal organs may pass. You would see this as a lump under the skin. The perfect analogy is a hole in a car tire through which the inner tube can protrude. The only treatment is an operation. See your doctor for an exam if it persists, gets larger, or causes problems. ...Read more

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