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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

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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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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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