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Dr. Matthew Lublin
Board Certified, General Surgery
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I have an inguinal hernia. At what point should I stop living with it and insist it is fixed? It is gradually getting worse.

Dr. Matthew Lublin
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I have an inguinal hernia. At what point should I stop living with it and insist it is fixed? It is gradually getting worse.

Now: When a hernia starts causing symptoms like pain and / or discomfort, it should be fixed. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. David Earle
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Groin Hernia (Definition)

Groin hernia is also known as Inguinal hernia. Groin hernia is a condition where abdominal organs (usually some intestine) bulge through a ...Read more


Dr. Ivan Colon
Board Certified, Urology
22 years in practice
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Can inguinal hernia get larger?

Dr. Ivan Colon
Board Certified, Urology
22 years in practice
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Can inguinal hernia get larger?

YES: A hernia is an organ (usually bowel) that is not on its usual anatomical location. The majority of the time, this is from a weakness in muscles that help it stay there. As muscles continue to weaken & there is continued pressure the hernia can get larger. Risks are: advanced age, obesity, heavy lifting, even chronic cough or straining to urinate since there is an increase intrabdomen pressure. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. Allen Seely
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Cause for obstruction in inguinal hernia?

Dr. Allen Seely
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Cause for obstruction in inguinal hernia?

INCARCERATED hernia: Any hernia may incarcerate and cause bowel obstruction. Incarceration is when the contents of a hernia 'gets stuck' and the blood flow to the area ceases causing the tissue to be at risk for dying (ischemia-infarct). Immediate surgery is indicated. The signs of bowel obstruction are: nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, lack of gas passage.. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
Board Certified, General Surgery
26 years in practice
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Can an inguinal hernia become incarcerated or strangulated on its own?

Dr. David Earle
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Can an inguinal hernia become incarcerated or strangulated on its own?

Yes it can: It can, but the overall chance is low. Even though the chance is low, it is unpredictable if it will happen to you or not. Additionally, unit happens, it can be life threatening. Also, planned repair is generally associated with less risk than emergency repair, and you can pick your surgeon for planned repair. Check the Americas hernia Society website to find the surgeon interested in hernia repair. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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I had a open mesh repair of a left side inguinal hernia over 10 year ago. Sometimes at work i will overlift and i will be hurting for weeks.. Normal?

Dr. David Earle
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Common: Tough to know exactly what the problem is. Doubt is the mesh if there has been a long interval with no symptoms. Recent symptoms could be a sign of hernia recurrence. Persistent symptoms for 10yrs coul be related to the mesh or technique. See a general surgeon for a consult if its bad enough. ...Read more

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Dr. George T Tsai
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What is an inguinal hernia?

Dr. George T Tsai
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What is an inguinal hernia?

Groin hernia: You have an inguinal hernia when the content of your peritoneal cavity (fat, bowel, ovary, etc) pushes through the abdominal wall - specifically through your inguinal floor which is made up of different muscle layers. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Once an inguinal hernia is repaired is there a chance it can reccur or is it closed off somehow?

Dr. David Earle
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Once an inguinal hernia is repaired is there a chance it can reccur or is it closed off somehow?

There's a chance: There is a chance the hernia can recur, and that is related to the hernia itself (size, location), the patient (obesity, smoking, medical problems), and the technique and experience of the surgeon. Your activity once healed shouldn't have an impact. Overall risk is very low for a group, but unpredictable for an individual. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Dr. Keith Monson
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I have inguinal hernia, what is better: mesh or non-mesh? I want to avoid as much complications as possible.

Dr. Keith Monson
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
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Mesh: In this day and age, mesh is considered far superior to non-mesh repairs, and the primary reason is recurrence rates. The recurrence rates with mesh repair are much lower than without mesh. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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My pet peeve is when someone uses a term then does not explain it. What is inguinal hernia?

Dr. Barry Rosen
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Bulge in groin.: A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining of the abdominal cavity can protrude through and create a sac. This manifests itself as a bulge that can often hurt with exertion. The most common location for a man to have a hernia is in the groin region; we call these inguinal hernias. These may be easily repaired via outpatient surgery if they are large or symptomatic. ...Read more

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Dr. D J
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What are the best exercises to build a strong core after inguinal hernia?

Dr. D J
Board Certified, General Surgery
33 years in practice
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Walking: After inguinal hernia surgery, strenuous exercise is contraindicated for a period of time, depending on the type and complexity of repair. A period of rest (1-2 days) followed by walking as tolerated is best. You cannot strengthen the tissues with exercise before or after this type of surgery but you can cause failure or chronic problems by over stressing the repair. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Lump In Groin (Definition)

A groin lump is localized swelling in the groin area (where the upper leg meets the lower abdomen). It may be firm or soft, tender or ...Read more


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