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When I do a crunch my abdominal wall axis protrudes up like a pup tent. Is this a lateral hernia or a diastis recti? No protruding lumps when relaxed.

When I do a crunch my abdominal wall axis protrudes up like a pup tent. Is this a lateral hernia or a diastis recti? No protruding lumps when relaxed.

Diastasis: Is likely from what you describe, if what you are seeing is located in the upper middle of the abdominal wall. Diastasis can be quite common ; nothing of concern. See your doctor if it is uncomfortable or bothersome to you to be sure it is nothing else. ...Read more

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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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Are there exercises which strengthens the abdominal wall and which can help against developing a hernia in first place?

Are there exercises which strengthens the abdominal wall and which can help against developing a hernia in first place?

No: Many people with strong abdominal muscles get hernias, and many people with weaker muscles don't have hernias. There is most likely a genetic predisposition to hernia formation based on the types of connective tissue that any given individual has. Keep exercising though, its great for lots of other things! ...Read more

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Is loosing weight initially associated with early symptom of ingenuial hernia? When abdominal wall weakens does blood test show anything?

Is loosing weight initially associated with early symptom of ingenuial hernia? When abdominal wall weakens does blood test show anything?

Hernias: Hernias can protrude with weight loss. The fat that was plugging the opening may shrink and allow fat or abdominal organs to protrude. You should start with a physical exam to see if your hernia can be felt. A general surgeon or general internist can examine you. If it is small, an ultrasound or ct scan can image the hernia. Blood tests will not help. ...Read more

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Had 4 hernias repaired n mesh. New CT had anterior abdominal wall hernia. Pain my r. Side of naval by mesh. Do I need it fixed, yes hurts off n on.

Had 4 hernias repaired n mesh. New CT had anterior abdominal wall hernia. Pain my r. Side of naval by mesh. Do I need it fixed, yes hurts off n on.

Increased risk: Abdominal wall hernias are repaired to prevent bowel from becoming stuck (incarcerated) in the hernia. Blood flow can become compromised, intestinal blockages and pain also occur. Larger hernias are safer then smaller ones. Each time a hernia is repaired the chance of success goes down. Weigh loss, smoking cessation, exercise, and good nutrition can improve your outcome. You have to weigh options ...Read more

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What is the difference between a weak spot in the abdomen wall and a hernia?

What is the difference between a weak spot in the abdomen wall and a hernia?

Spectrum of disease: A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which intra abdominal contents can protrude, and appear as a lump under the skin. These holes sometimes start out with a thinning of the muscles, which is more typical for inguinal (groin) hernia. The weakness does not allow passage of abdominal contents, thus is not dangerous. It may however be a precursor for a hernia. ...Read more

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If there was hernia present in the testicle, wouldn't I be in pain? Wouldn't I feel pain in the abdomen if intestine goes through ab wall?

If there was hernia present in the testicle, wouldn't I be in pain? Wouldn't I feel pain in the abdomen if intestine goes through ab wall?

Not necessarily: You are likely describing an inguinal hernia, with bowel and fat contents herniating through abdomen into inguinal canal and sometimes into the scrotum. You may feel a bulge when performing heavy lifting, but typically a small hernia may not be painful at all. Extreme pain would only happen if the hernia twists on itself, which could cause bowel obstruction and a surgical emergency. ...Read more

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What should I do to repair my para-umbilical hernia itself naturally , and what time it requires to repair 2 to 3 CM hole in internal abdomen wall ?

What should I do to repair my para-umbilical hernia itself naturally , and what time it requires to repair 2 to 3 CM hole in internal abdomen wall ?

SurgeryOnlyOption: Umbilical hernias may be easily repaired under general anesthesia as an out-patient. Depending on the size of the hernia and other patient-factors, we often advise using mesh to close the hole (like patching a tire). I advise hernia repair if it is causing symptoms that are interfering with one's quality of life, or if the hole is so large that there is the potential for intestine to get stuck. ...Read more

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Does the intestine have to be pretruding through a weak spot in the abdomen wall for it to considered a hernia?

Does the intestine have to be pretruding through a weak spot in the abdomen wall for it to considered a hernia?

No: Any abdominal contents protruding through a hole in the abdominal wall are referred to as a hernia. This is usually fat or intestines, but can include the urinary bladder, liver, spleen and even the kidney on rare occasions. ...Read more

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Can pig abdomen wall or some other part be used in some way 2 repair hernias instead of artificial mesh which creates so many problems and recurrence?

Can pig abdomen wall or some other part be used in some way 2 repair hernias instead of artificial mesh which creates so many problems and recurrence?

Ask about ADM: Acellular dermal matrixes ("adm") are exactly the biomaterials that you are asking about. There are a number of types, including ones sourced from pigs. And yes, they can be used in hernia repairs. Speak to your local general surgeon about this option. ...Read more