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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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Can inguinal hernia get larger?

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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Can an inguinal hernia become incarcerated or strangulated on its own?

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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Cause for obstruction in inguinal hernia?

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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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?

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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What is an inguinal hernia?

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

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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What are the best exercises to build a strong core after inguinal hernia?

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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Will I be able to tell if i'm at risk of getting an inguinal hernia?

No: We know that people with inguinal hernias have abnormal connective tissue (types of collagen) more frequently than people without hernias. This suggests a genetic cause. There is no testing for this outside of research settings, and no other signs you can watch out for. Best to not worry about, and live normally. If you do happen to get a hernia, its something that can be fixed. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What can cause an inguinal hernia to grow over a few years?

"Wear-and-tear": Anything that increases abdominal pressure has the potential to promote the growth of an existing hernia. Some examples include heavy lifting, obesity, chronic constipation, chronic cough (smoking), etc. While all inguinal hernias do not need to be repaired, those that cause pain or are enlarging should. ...Read more

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Inguinal Hernia (Definition)

Inguinal hernia is an abdominal wall defect occuring in the inguinal region. They may occur directly through the abdominal wall or through the internal inguinal ring and inguinal canal. They may extend into the scrotum in males or ...Read more


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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


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