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I had 2 "vertical" c-sections 39 & 40 yrs ago. Now i'm told I have a large hernia in my rectus abdominis: surgery to repair? Recovery time?

I had 2 "vertical" c-sections 39 & 40 yrs ago. Now i'm told I have a large hernia in my rectus abdominis: surgery to repair? Recovery time?

Yes: Surgery is required to repair any hernia. This can be done by opening your previous incision or laparoscopically. Recovery time varies depending on size of the hernia, technique of repair, and individual patient recovery process. I would plan on at least one night in hospital for bigger hernias and anywhere from 2-6 weeks of limited activity. ...Read more

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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more


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Hello.I have a groin strain ,where Rectus Abdominus attaches to Pubis Symphsis,It is swollen and tender.Could I have caused myself an inguinal hernia?

Hello.I have a groin strain ,where Rectus Abdominus attaches to Pubis Symphsis,It is swollen and tender.Could I have caused myself an inguinal hernia?

Location, location!: The pubic symphysis is right in the middle of the pelvis (straight down from the umbilicus). An inguinal hernia causes a lump in the groin (left or right) and may or may not be painful or tender. ...Read more

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What do the following symptoms mean: ventral hernia, a tumor and a rectus diastasis?

What do the following symptoms mean: ventral hernia, a tumor and a rectus diastasis?

Alphabet Soup: Ventral hernia: a bulge in the abdominal wall; most common site is the umbilicus. Diastasis rectii: separation of the normally-fused "6-pack" rectus muscles; it may look like a hernia but the fascia that covers the muscle is intact; tumor: is simply a growth; it can be benign or malignant (cancer). Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Precisely on rectus abdom attaches to Pubic crest, area is swollen and tender area.Did it with deep ext stretch.Have I given myself an Ingui Hernia?

Precisely on rectus abdom attaches to Pubic crest, area is  swollen and tender area.Did it with deep ext stretch.Have I given myself an Ingui  Hernia?

Probably not: Sounds as if you may have injured the insertion of the rectus muscle, which is pubic symphysis, similar to a muscle strain. It would be unusual for you to have subsequently created a hernia. If indeed you did, it would be a direct hernia, which is the floor of the inguinal canal. Put a heating pad on it, rest it, wait a couple of weeks and if it is still bothering you, see your MD ...Read more

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Could an injured/strained rectus abdominal include symptoms related to upset stomach, stomach pressure & hernia?

Could an injured/strained rectus abdominal include symptoms related to upset stomach, stomach pressure & hernia?

Depends: On the severity of the injury.If complete rupture or tear of the muscle there may be bleeding & abdominal hernia & stomach pressure.If your symptoms are this severe please see a doctor soon. Minor strain would not cause any of this. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Surgeon ordered CT of hernia repair site bc of pain said I have right side thickening of rectus by my mesh. Left side loss of muscle. site is under belly button. More surgery he said poss. granuloma.

Surgeon ordered CT of hernia repair site bc of pain said I have right side thickening of rectus by my mesh. Left side loss of muscle. site is under belly button. More surgery he said poss. granuloma.

Possible surgery: When a hernia of abdominal wall repaired, it is essentail to have the wall intact. This is accomplised by inserting a mesh to cover the defect so the newly constructed wall is complete. The mesh is sutured into place with strong unually non absorbable sutures. It is possible that at one of the suture sites there is a hematoma or granuloma developing. Surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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How common are hernias?

How common are hernias?

Very common: Hernias are more common in males, one of the most frequent reasons for surgery in the us. ...Read more

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Does hernia heal itself?

Does hernia heal itself?

Repair hernia: Hernias of the abdominal wall can remain stable or progress. They are unable to heal spontaneously, or by itself. These hernias can develop complications like incarceration or strangulation, (organs trapped by the hernia defect). Okay to get in to your doc for an eval and surgical referral. A hernia repair is safe and effective. ...Read more

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How safe is hernia mesh?

How safe is hernia mesh?

Very safe when used: Mesh should be very safe if used properly and in situations that it is called for. The concern is the immune status and infection conditions of the person in whom the mesh is inserted. ...Read more

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Press ups ok with hernia?

Press ups ok with hernia?

Hernia activity: Im not exactly sure what a press up is. However, as a general rule, activity with a hernia is limited by discomfort. As long as you do not experience pain, it should be safe to proceed with activities. A binder may help to keep a hernia reduced while exercising. But, if you are active, and the hernia protrudes frequently, it may be worth discussing this with your doctor and considering repair. ...Read more

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What to do about a hernia?

What to do about a hernia?

See a surgeon: There are many types of hernias. Groin and umbilical are the most common. Hernias will not resolve without intervention. If you are a symptomatic, it may be safe to observe a hernia. Symptomatic hernias require intervention. Rarely hernias will strangulate and require emergency surgical repair. ...Read more

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Can hernias heal themselves?

Can hernias heal themselves?

Rarely : The only her is that can heal itself is a belly button hernia in an infant. They usually heal by age 5. All other hernias will not heal themselves, and require a surgical procedure for repair. Reasons for repair are to resolve a problem, or prevent one. Talk to your doctor about it to figure out whether or not surgical repair is right for you. ...Read more

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Can you have a partial hernia?

Can you have a partial hernia?

Not really: A hernia is an abnormal protrusion through a defect. You can have a bulge, but if its's not going through a hold, it's not a hernia. You can also have a hole in your muscle, but if nothing goes through the hole, it's not a hernia. ...Read more

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How do I know I have a hernia?

Bulge: Looks for bulge in the goin or belly button ares can be other places.May or may not have to correct . Check with your doc. ...Read more

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What are some hernia symptoms?

Variable: Abdominal wall hernias can cause pain or discomfort, often worse with activity or certain positions. There is typically a lump under the skin that represents the abdominal contents coming through the hole in the abdominal wall (the hernia). Thus lump can enlarge, and in some cases become so large it becomes difficult to fit clothes and perform your usual activities. ...Read more

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Can you always see your hernia?

Can you always see your hernia?

Some yes, some no: Hernia=an organ or part of an organ protruding beyond/outside of its cavity through a defect in the wall. You cannot see hiatal hernia (stomach up in lung area) without imaging or during surgery. Large surgical hernias can be seen/felt all the time. Smaller reducible umbilical/inguinal hernias often can be seen/felt better in upright position etc.. If you have concern, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could I have two hernia at once?

Yes: Hernias can occur in multiple locations. Common locations include the groin (inguinsl), belly button( umbilical) and ventral/incisional ( abdomen). ...Read more

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Could I have two hernias at once?

Simultaneous Hernas: In inguinal area occurring both on right and left side are not uncommon. Bilateral inguinal #hernias can develop independently in approximately 12-18% of patients, with ~3-5% of these occurring at the "same time".Since we are symmetric anatomically, the same congenital ; physical stresses that affect one side will affect the other also simultaneous umbilical ; inguinal #hernias are not uncommon. ...Read more