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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Is it safe for me to use a bodyblade exerciser. I am a 65-year-old male and I have a hiatus hernia?
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
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
Diagnosed with hiatal hernia during endoscopy procedure. What exercises would be considered safe for me that would not further aggravate my condition?
Cardio: Cardio, non-strenuous activities should be fine, such as elliptical, bicycling, etc. ...Read more
Is hernia mesh safe for everyone? Could the implantation of hernia mesh worsen the conditions of those that have autoimmune diseases?
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
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
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
C-section 4 1/2 wks ago how long does it take for your incision to heal internally? When is it safe to workout & lift weights? I don't want a hernia
Should be ok: You should be ok after 4 weeks, but you need to start slow and gradually increase over at least the next 2 weeks. ...Read more
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