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Is it safe to travel with a hernia?

Is it safe to travel with a hernia?

Be Aware of Risks: Patients must be aware of the risks that go along with not having hernias surgically repaired. These include an increase in pain and the size of the hernia. More importantly, if the intestine becomes trapped in the hernia pouch, obstruction may occur with sudden pain and vomiting. This requires an immediate operation with a possible resection of the involved intestine. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more


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Is it safe to travel and with a large abdominal hernia?

Is it safe to travel and with a large abdominal hernia?

Yes: You should base your decision to travel with the hernia on the presence, frequency and severity of symptoms. The worse it is, the less likely you should travel. Also, longstanding hernias give you a history to reflect on, whereas newly developed hernias are more unknown. You also have to consider the method of and distance of travel, and what the healthcare system is like where you are going. ...Read more

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How long until it is safe to be traveling after open inguinal hernia surgery?

How long until it is safe to be traveling after open inguinal hernia surgery?

Fairly quickly: At one time hermia patients were kept in bed for one week to let the hernia heal. Now inguinal hernias are done outpatient and patient can travel in a day or two as long as pressure is not exerted on the wound. ...Read more

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How safe is hernia mesh?

How safe is hernia mesh?

Very: The different meshes available for hernia repair are safe. What type used, synthetic or biological, depends on the type of hernia and comorbidities. You should discuss this with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is sex safe with mild hernia?

Is sex safe with mild hernia?

As tolerated: Your activity level should be limited by how the hernia feels. If it doesn't hurt, press on. If it does, ease up. See a general surgeon with experience in hernia repair for an exam to be sure. ...Read more

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Safe exercise for hiatus hernia. Diet for severe hernia?

Safe exercise for hiatus hernia. Diet for severe hernia?

Nothing: Hernia must be treated surgically. No heavy lifting! Diet not really helpful. Just small portion any food, ...Read more

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Is it safe to have children after having hernias removed?

Is it safe to have children after having hernias removed?

Usually safe: because pregnancy causes a very gradual increase in stress to the hernia repair site. You should consult with your OB/GYN just to make sure. ...Read more

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I take 20mg of Omeprazoldaily for hiatus hernia problems, is this safe to take longterm?

Proper diagnosis: A hiatal hernia simply means the stomach is a bit higher above the diaphragm than what is expected. It does not cause symptoms in and of itself.
Reflux of stomach acid into the foodpipe (esophageal reflux) can cause heartburn in which case use of weight loss, antacids and elevation of the torso in the bed is advised. Only after these fail should a drug such as Omeprazole be considered. ...Read more

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I had a hernia in my bellybutton and I had it operated on 4 years ago. Is it safe to have my bellybutton done sometime this year?

I had a hernia in my bellybutton and I had it operated on 4 years ago. Is it safe to have my bellybutton done sometime this year?

Done with what?: Not sure what you mean by having your belly button "done". If you're referring to a piercing, it should be fine. If you're referring to something else, please clarify. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I might have a hernia from lifting a heavy item is it safe for me to travel for the month I have planned when it hurts to just get up and move?

I might have a hernia from lifting a heavy item is it safe for me to travel for the month I have planned when it hurts to just get up and move?

No: Whether the hernia is based in the inguinal canal or represents a weakness or defect in the abdominal wall, the symptoms you present with are of potential strangulation. If left to progress or if one finds that any incarcertated loop of bowel will go on to develop gangrene, it will require emergency surgery. The site of the hernia should be examined for the possibility of strangulation. ...Read more

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Is sex safe with an umbilical hernia?

Hernia activity: Activities with a hernia should be limited by discomfort. If you experience pain at the site of a hernia, it would be prudent to discontinue whatever activity you are doing. ...Read more

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Is it safe during a hysterectomy to have a hernia repaired?

Is it safe during a hysterectomy to have a hernia repaired?

Yes, if your: Surgeon suggests it. Any operation is a balance between risks versus benefits, and your surgeon is the best person to judge this balance. ...Read more

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Is it safe to be traveling to high elevations with a hernia?

Is it safe to be traveling to high elevations with a hernia?

No relationship : Elevation has no effect on a hernia, however if you are mountaineering, you will likely be far from medical care. If the hernia is painful, you should get it checked out by a doctor before climbing in order to get the best advice. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My boyfriend has a hernia in his groin area. I am concerned because I want to go to nyc this christmas. Would it be safe for him to get in a plane?

My boyfriend has a hernia in his groin area. I am concerned because I want to go to nyc this christmas. Would it be safe for him to get in a plane?

Yes: A hernia becomes a problem when it becomes incarcerated, in other words, something becomes trapped in the hernia and cannot squeeze out of the hernia sac. This is usually self-evident with pain, vomiting and abdominal pain. As long as the contents of the hernia can be pushed back, i.e. Reduced, then it should not be a problem. Nevertheless, it would behoove him to see a general surgeon to fix. ...Read more

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Is the mesh treatment for incisional hernia safe to do?

Is the mesh treatment for incisional hernia safe to do?

Yes: There are however many clinical scenarios, including the size and location of the hernia that will dictate the technique of repair which in turn will dictate the type of mesh that is best for you. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to use a bodyblade exerciser. I am a 65-year-old male and I have a hiatus hernia?

Is it safe for me to use a bodyblade exerciser. I am a 65-year-old male and I have a hiatus hernia?

Likely: Exercizes that cause regurgitation- reflux are not helpful.
Standing on your head, abdominal pressure, severe straining as examples. ...Read more

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What are helpful recommendations for ensuring a safe and speedy recovery after the ingiunal hernia open surgery?

Pre habilitation : Stay fit and exercise before the operation to make recovery smoother. Also, a laparoscopic hernia repair done by an experienced surgeon has a shorter recovery compared to an open repair, but only about 20% of inguinal hernias are repaired this way due to lack of training and experience. Whatever you do, best of luck! ...Read more

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Getting a hernia sergery 4 hours away I was thinking about driving my self I am staying 4 days there and then hidden back home is it safe?

Getting a hernia sergery 4 hours away I was thinking about driving my self I am staying 4 days there and then hidden back home is it safe?

Call your Surgeon: Not all hernia surgeries are alike, so it is impossible to answer this question without knowing the type of hernia and method of repair. However, most people will require narcotic pain medication for at least a few days, regardless of the technique. Therefore, it would likely be unwise to drive such a long distance so soon after your surgery. ...Read more

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Inguinal hernia mesh is it safe?

Yes: Fixing inguinal hernias with mesh has become the standard of care. It reduces the risk of hernia repair failure significantly and reduces the post-operative pain as compared to traditional tissue only repairs. ...Read more

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What are safe exercises to do with an abdominal hernia?

What are safe exercises to do with an abdominal hernia?

Non-painful exercise: The hernia is already there. If the exercise hurts, then avoid it. Consider repairing the hernia. ...Read more

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Is it safe to wait a year before possibly having a surgery for an umbilical hernia?

Most likely: Unless there was a rare complication of the hernia getting stuck, there is no urgency to repair of an umbilical hernia. ...Read more

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Had hernia repair with mesh 4 months ago. Started gym a week ago and I got almost 0 pains in that area. Is it safe to try lifting heavier weights?

Should be fine: Activity after hernia repair is usually "as tolerated". Furthermore, at fou months, the scar tissue is over 90% of its ultimate strength. Don't hesitate to call your surgeon i there are any problems, or questions about your specific case. ...Read more

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I am having a thoracic epidural done this next week. Are these types of epidurals safe esp if a person is already falling a lot&if the hernia is bad?

I am having a thoracic epidural done this next week. Are these types of epidurals safe esp if a person is already falling a lot&if the hernia is bad?

Steroid: Thoracic epidural (steroid) is technically more difficult than lumbar but still safe in experienced hands. Image guidance, like fluoroscopy, makes the procedure easier. You may want to get a spine surgery opinion if you are having weakness or poor control of your bowel or bladder (especially with a severe disk herniation). Good luck. ...Read more

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How safe is a mesh when used for an inguinal hernia?

This procedure is: Done quite often by general surgeons. It is best to discuss the risks and benefits of any procedure with the surgeon doing the procedure. typically, any time there is a foreign element introduced in the body it does have the risk to become infected. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use hCG pellets? And have an umbilical hernia

Is it safe to use hCG pellets? And have an umbilical hernia

Separate issues : The umbilical hernia, if small and no symptoms, shouldn't prevent you from any other medical treatment. If it is causing problems and/or very large, you should check with your primary care provider, who can do an exam and advise you more specifically. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have a small umbilical hernia this happend during my last pregnancy 5ys ago. Is it ok/safe to get pregnant again?

Yes: If you didn't have any problems during your last pregnancy with your umbilical hernia, you probably won't have them with a subsequent hernia. Pregnancy tends to enlarge them and the larger an umbilical hernia is, the less likely it is to cause a serious health problem like entrapment of the intestines. ...Read more