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Medicine For 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
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
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
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
A protrusion: Of an abdominal structure (s) through a failure in the abdominal wall at the level of the umbilicus (tummy button). ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
Can a colonoscopy be safely carried out on me even though I have a ventral hernia or should the hernia be repaired prior to having the colonoscopy?
Will exercise cause current hernia to get larger... New one formed 6 mos. Post op ventral hernia mesh repair 8x13.Wgt loss of 65lbs past year. Active!
But not a reason not to exercise.
Keep it up. ...Read more
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