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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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Can you have a ventral hernia and not know it?

Asymptomatic Hernia: Yes if it is not causing any symptoms than generally it is ok to observe this type of problem generally best to be evaluated by a surgeon so that they can help guide your decision. ...Read more

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I have a ventral hernia and want to lose weight. How can I exercise without hurting?

I have a ventral hernia and want to lose weight. How can I exercise without hurting?

Aerobic Exercise: Weight loss is primarily related to reducing caloric intake and increasing aerobic activity, in that order of importance. Neither of those should be affected by the presence of a ventral hernia. While building muscle mass may improve one's metabolic rate, this needs to be balanced by the effect that heavy lifting has on the hernia. Have you considered hernia repair? ...Read more

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I have a ventral hernia but my doctor said not to get surgery. Should I worry?

I have a ventral hernia but my doctor said not to get surgery. Should I worry?

Not necessarily: Hernias are fairly common. It depends on the size and location of the hernia and your overall health, weight, diabetes, heart conditions. It depends if you had already had surgery at the same site. Hernias can be observed if small or not causing symptoms. You can also get a second opinion from another doctor. ...Read more

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How long would it take me to recover if I have a ventral hernia surgery?

How long would it take me to recover if I have a ventral hernia surgery?

Days-to-weeks.: Recovery following ventral hernia surgery is dependent on the operative approach (laparoscopic vs. Open), the size of the hernia, the health of the patient, the size and type of the mesh used, and the level of recovery needed to return to baseline activity. ...Read more

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I have a ventral hernia, is it o.K to do mild set ups? Im am a 77 year old male , i don't know how are when i got it the hernia , but it does not bother me and gives me no pain. By mild set ups i mean raising my upper body 6 to 8 inches off the floor.

I have a ventral hernia, is it o.K to do mild set ups? Im am a 77 year old male , i don't know how are  when   i got it the hernia , but it does not bother me and gives me no pain. By mild set ups i mean raising my upper body 6 to 8 inches off the floor.

The : The ventral hernia is a split in the abdominal muscles that run up the middle of your stomach. Hernias there are pretty common. They don't have to be fixed unless they are painful but they do look odd when you do a sit-up. The problem is they are certainly made worse by increasing the pressure inside the abdomen like when you do a sit up or strain down like you are passing a bowel movement. But a reasonable approach is if it doesn't hurt and it isn't getting bigger then you could probably do sit-ups . Just like all exercises, don't overdo it! ...Read more

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Can you die from ventral hernia?

Possible, but rare: Although death from a ventral hernia is rare, they can cause significant discomfort, enlarge, and cause life threatening problems that require emergency surgery, which is usually successful at saving the life, but not always so for repairing the hernia. See a surgeon interested in hernia repair for a more complete evaluation. Find one on the Americas Hernia Society website. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can a ventral hernia be repaired?

Can a ventral hernia be repaired?

Yes: ventral hernia's are very frequently repaired. To approaches are open surgery or laparoscopic surgery. Larger repairs, greater than 1 cm are repaired using mash. Smaller hernias are repaired primarily with suture. Most repair only if symptomatic meaning pain or discomfort. There is a small risk of bowel incarceration or strangulation which presents with escalating pain and a non-reducible lump. ...Read more

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Ventral hernia removal, no sex after?

Ventral hernia removal, no sex after?

No: Sex after a ventral hernia repair can occur once the patient is comfortable. It will not cause harm to the repair. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Roth
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Ventral Hernia (Definition)

Of an abdominal structure(s) through a failure in the abdominal wall at the level of ...Read more