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Doctor insights on: Pathophysiology Of Abdominal Hernia

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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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What are the symptoms of an abdominal hernia?

What are the symptoms of an abdominal hernia?

Lump and pain: Hernias on the abdominal wall typical cause pain and/or discomfort, and are also typically associated with a lump under the skin at the location of the hernia. This lump is larger with standing and coughing. Best diagnosed by a physical exam, ok to start with your primary care. Timing depends on duration and severity of symptoms. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are signs of a possible abdominal hernia?

What are signs of a possible abdominal hernia?

A bulge and pain: An abnormal bulge, often with pain around it, are the most common signs of abdominal hernia. They most commonly occur at the belly button (umbilical), in the groin (inguinal), at previous surgical scars (incisional), and at the diaphragm (hiatal).They can all be fixed with minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery for less pain and quick return to work. ...Read more

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Is it ok to golf with abdominal hernia?

Is it ok to golf with abdominal hernia?

Depends: If the hernia has been evaluated by a surgeon and you decided not to have it repaired, then it should be ok if it golfing does not cause you pain. If it was advised to have it repaired due to symptoms and size, then i would not recommend golf or any other heavy physical activity. ...Read more

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Can someone cure abdominal hernia without surgery?

Can someone cure abdominal hernia without surgery?

No: The only situation I am aware of to where this occurs is umbilical or belly button hernias in children. They usually close by age 4-5. ...Read more

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Doing crunches caused upper abdominal hernia, help?

Doing crunches caused upper abdominal hernia, help?

Physical exam: You should see you primary care provider to find out if it is a hernia or a simple separation of the "six pack" muscles without an actual hole, or hernia. The latter is called diastasis recti, and i'm sure you can find photos of this on the internet. Need an exam to find out for sure. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can an abdominal hernia rupture by pushing it back in?

Can an abdominal hernia rupture by pushing it back in?

Stuck hernia?: It will usually not ruptue. If it hurts and there is reddness around the area do not try to push it back in because the there might be bowel stuck and it can be damaged. So best thing to do is go to an emergency room if a hernia gets "stuck". ...Read more

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What is the chance of an abdominal hernia after surgery?

What is the chance of an abdominal hernia after surgery?

Common: The incidence of incisional hernias is quite variable depending upon the operation (midline incisions have the highest risk) and the health of the patient. Factors that increase the risk include obesity, smoking, wound infections, malnutrition, heavy lifting, etc. Following a midline incision, hernia rates have been published as low as 5% and as high as 20% incidence. ...Read more

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