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Can you die from ventral hernia?

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

Dr. David Earle
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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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How long is ventral hernia recovery?

How long is ventral hernia recovery?

Varies: But generally no heavy lifting, heavy exercise, or heavy work for about 6 weeks. Get more specific details & instructions from your own surgeon for your specific situation. ...Read more

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What happens when a ventral hernia pops?

What happens when a ventral hernia pops?

May end up surgery: Most of the time small ventral hernias do not need surgery, simple binder and weight reduction is enough, large hernias had risk of gettting incarcerated (getting stuck) most likely by transverse colon will cause dangerous complications. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a ventral hernia?

Lump, pain: A ventral hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall muscle that allows abdominal organs to protrude causing a lump or mass. If these organs are squeezed or trapped in the defect then pain can ensue. Pain is relieved by reducing the hernia contents or laying down. ...Read more

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Can you have a ventral hernia and not know it?

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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Can you please tell me about a ventral hernia?

In general,: Ventral hernia would require surgical repair, if it causes symptoms such as pain, nausea/vomiting, or deformity. A lot depends on location and size, so consult a surgeon for specific recommendation in your case. ...Read more

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Does ventral hernia usually cause many symptoms?

Does ventral hernia usually cause many symptoms?

No.: Ventral hernias encompass a broad range of hernias of the front of the abdominal wall, including umbilical, epigastric, spigelian, and incisional hernias. Symptoms are primarily related to the size of the hole in the abdominal wall and what, if anything, is getting 'stuck' in them. While not all of these require repair, this determination is best made by a hernia surgeon. ...Read more

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Are there any tests that can diagnose a ventral hernia?

Yes: The best test to diagnose a ventral hernia is a physical exam by a hernia surgeon. Rarely, physical examination may be difficult; a cat scan of the abdomen can be helpful in those circumstances. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ventral hernia?

A protrusion: Of an abdominal structure (s) through a failure in the abdominal wall at the level of the umbilicus (tummy button). ...Read more

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I had a ventral hernia repaired with mesh. Should I be worried?

I had a ventral hernia repaired with mesh. Should I be worried?

No.: Various types of mesh have been used for over 40 years as a means of bridging the gap when repairing (larger) hernias. This has significantly reduced the risk of recurrence but at the expense of some complications that are unique to mesh placement. These include mesh infection and scar tissue between the mesh and intra-abdominal organs. Overall, current mesh is very safe and effective. ...Read more

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Would an incarcerated ventral hernia always be accompanied by intense pain?

No--depends on...: ...What is "stuck" within the hernia. The most common tissue "incarcerated" is fat from just beneath the muscles; this is often painless. If it is internal fat from the omentum, this can be painful. If it is a loop of intestine, this causes a bowel obstruction or even compromise of the blood supply to the intestine ("strangulated" hernia)--this is usually very painful. ...Read more

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Are there any treatments for ventral hernia?

Hernia treatments: There are no medications to cure a hernia. Treatment is generally an operation most commonly involving mesh. Laparoscopic and open surgical procedures are both possible. Occasionally high risk patients will be instructed to avoid surgery and a binder will be recommended. However, all hernias carry a risk of incarceration and strangulation. Outcomes with elective surgery are usually better. ...Read more

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What happens if a ventral hernia ruptures?

What happens if a ventral hernia ruptures?

Strangulated hernia: The greatest danger of a hernia is the risk of strangulation. This occurs as a result of the intestines becoming trapped in the hernia and the blood supply becoming constricted. This is a sequela of an incarcerated hernia (one in which the hernia cannot be pushed back in). Incarcerated hernias should be evaluated immediately to prevent strangulation. ...Read more

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Do I have to get surgery for a ventral hernia?

Do I have to get surgery for a ventral hernia?

No: But enlargement over time is likely.
Discuss risks, benefits, options with your surgeon. ...Read more

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As between a ventral hernia and an incisional hernia?

The same.: A ventrlal hernia is a hole anywhere along the front or ventral surface of the abdominal wall. An incisional hernia is a type of ventral hernia that forms after the abdominal wall is weakened by prior surgery. ...Read more

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Please help! What happens when a ventral hernia ruptures?

Increased size: Ventral hernias don't rupture to the outside world, the skin holds the abdominal contents in place. However, they can become very large and difficult to repair if the contents cannot be easily returned into the abdomen during the repair. ...Read more

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What are common ventral hernia post-operation complications?

What are common ventral hernia post-operation complications?

About 10% rate: Depending on the size, the nature of repair and findings in the OR, in general there is about a 10% complication rate. The most serious is a hole in the intestine created while freeing it up from the hernia, while not common, can cause infection and death (1%). The most common complications include chronic pain (often present before surgery) requiring surgery (2%) and recurrent hernia (about 3%). ...Read more

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If a ventral hernia is going to come back will it be in weeks, months or years?

If a ventral hernia is going to come back will it be in weeks, months or years?

All of the above: It is obviously variable, and it depends on the specifics if the hernia repair. Ask your surgeon for a follow up if you're concerned. ...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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What can be done about a ventral hernia. It is uncomfotable sometimes more that other times?

What can be done about a ventral hernia. It is uncomfotable sometimes more that other times?

Repair it: Ventral hernias can be repaired. This can often be done laparoscopically with mesh insertion which will decrease your discomfort and down time. See a general surgeon to be evaluated and discuss options. ...Read more

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Is it possible for mesh repaired ventral hernia's to start reoccurring just four months post-op and a couple weeks of heavy lifting at work?

Yes: Ventral hernia repair with mesh reduces a hernia recurrence but doesn't prevent it entirely especially if you are doing heavy lifting. If you think it is recurring have your surgeon re evaluate you. ...Read more

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Can ventral hernia's cause internal bleeding?

Can ventral hernia's cause internal bleeding?

No: If a ventral hernia becomes stuck (incarcerated), it can block off the blood supply to a part of the intestines, which can then turn in to gangrene and bleed. This is associated with severe pain. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can drinking alchol cause a ventral hernia to hurt more?

Can drinking alchol cause a ventral hernia to hurt more?

No: Typically not but ventral hernia needs to be evaluated since it can trap bowel and cause infarction of bowel. ...Read more

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Howdo I know if I have a diastasis recti or a ventral hernia?

Different etiology: Diastsis recti is a spreading of the fascia between the two rectus abdominus muscles in the midline giving an abdominal weakness causing generalized bulging. Ventral hernia is a hernial sac with abdominal contents resulting from an abdominal wall defect causing an isolated discrete mass ...Read more

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